Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Mumbai: Men who sold goats for tickets to fly on June

Mumbai: Three labourers who had pooled their savings and sold goats to buy tickets for a Monday flight to Kolkata, only to reach Mumbai airport to find it cancelled and the airline refusing to refund them, will finally get to fly.
TOI reported their plight on Tuesday and tweeted about it too. The tweet garnered more than 3,000 retweets and likes in a few hours, which had the airline, IndiGo, take to Twitter to post: “We are reaching out to these passengers right away. Rest assured, we shall be accommodating them on the next available flight or providing them with a full refund.’’ The airline later said they have been booked on a June 1 flight as the labourers decided not to take the first flight out on May 28.
Aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri, too, tweeted the issue has been resolved.
The three worked on construction sites in Mumbai. “I haven’t been home in 20 months because I couldn’t afford it,” said Sona Mullah (46), one of the labourers, who earns Rs 15,000 a month and sends home Rs 10,000. His wife back home in Murshidabad keeps goats. “We earn about Rs 6,000 a year from keeping the goats. Last week, we sold all the three for Rs 9,600 so that I could pay Rs 10,200 for my air ticket,’’ he said.
27/05/20 Times of India
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