Monday, January 13, 2020

Dubai weather leaves Air India flyers stuck at Goa airport for 7 hours

Panaji:Air India flight AI 994 Dubai-Goa-Bengaluru was delayed by a little more than seven hours on Sunday leaving over 160 passengers fuming at Goa International Airport. The flight took off at 11.52am instead of the scheduled departure time of 4.30am, airport officials said.

The arrival of the aircraft from Dubai was delayed due to bad weather conditions over Dubai.

The popular Gulf destination has witnessed heavy showers, sporadic hailstorms and flooding. Passengers said that Air India failed to inform them about the delay and provided refreshments only after they complained.

According to sources, several passengers missed their connecting flights from Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru.

“We were not informed that our flight was delayed. It took us one-and-a-half hour to check-in and after checking in, they told us that the flight is delayed. There was a long line and only two counters were open for three flights,” Bengaluru resident David Carvalho said.

Carvalho and his wife Sylvia had come to Goa to attend a wedding and had decided to take the early morning flight to go home in time for their daughter’s third birthday.

Light rain and thunder were recorded over at Dubai. Flooding and thundershowers affected flight movements with heavy showers being reported all along the coastline of the United Arab Emirates. Weather reports indicate that heavy showers are expected in Arabian Gulf over the next two days.
13/01/20 Times of India

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