Ruckus at airport after Jet Airways cancels flight to Chennai

Report by: 
Port Blair
3 Jan 2018

More than 80 passengers bound for Chennai were left stranded at the Veer Savakar International airport here after Jet Airways cancelled its scheduled flight on Wednesday due to bad weather. Disorder prevailed for several hours at the airport as passengers staged a protest against the airline company for providing late information about the cancellation and for making no alternative arrangements.
Angry scenes were witnessed at the airport after the passengers who already reached the airport with their luggage to board the Chennai-bound fight were dished out information about the cancellation at 3.20 pm. “Many of us hail from different parts of the country and were on a visit to these islands. The officials manning the Jet Airways counter at the airport did not inform about the exact position to the passengers till the last minute as many waited for hours to board the flight. They kept on giving times to us before announcing that the flight has been cancelled. We’re left totally clueless as there was not specific information about refund of tickets or accommodation arrangements to be made by the airline company for the extended stay. Such unprofessional conduct was not expected from the airline staff here,” said some annoyed passengers.
Speaking to EOI, the Additional Manager of Jet Airways, Mr Kamal Karthik, assured that all the stranded passengers will be accommodated in an additional flight tomorrow. “The scheduled flight was cancelled due to heavy rains between 2.40 pm and 3.15 pm today as the pilot was not able to land due to poor visibility. Moreover, the alternate flight couldn’t be arranged today because of the bandh in Maharashtra where 80 percent of air traffic was disrupted today. We’re in touch with the headquarters and passengers need not worry as everything will be sorted out tomorrow,” he assured.