Nowadays it has become very common that flights are facing technical glitch. In another add-on, Air Costa which is a Vijayawada-based airline suspended all its flights for Thursday.
Air Costa has three Embraer E-190 aircraft in which 110 passengers can board in. The Flight makes 24 trips to nine cities which include seven trips in South India and two in Northwest. Embraer travels on the daily basis to Ahmedabad and Jaipur.
Around 2,000 passengers who booked their tickets were affected. Though the Airline management informed the passengers on the hourly basis about the flight status still passengers were angry on the staff.
“The three options included passengers being accommodated on another airline’s flight on the same day without any additional fare due to IROP i.e. irregular operations; the second option was a full refund and the third was re-booking on Air Costa flights from Friday,” said the staff of the airline.
At Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Shamshabad , some passengers got into arguments with airline staff. The blamed Air Costa staff of negligence who even failed to accommodates the passengers on other airlines’ flights. Late in the evening, the passengers were accommodated on flights.
It is said that the airlines failed to pay the lease rent due to which the flights were suspended. Industry sources added that “many staff was asked to take leave on Thursday. But official spokesperson Mr. Pramod Mitta told that the LEPL Group, headquartered at Vijayawada, which runs Air Costa, was stable”.
This is another incident in this month after Emirates flight crash landed in Dubai on August 3. Flights from Hyderabad-Dubai were also canceled on Thursday as Dubai airport was shut down due to Emirates mishap. Other flights were also canceled flying from RGIA because of bad weather.
All Air services flying from Chennai-Dubai were also canceled on Thursday. Two flights, each belonging to Jet Airways and Indigo, in Chennai-Dubai route, were canceled. Similarly, Spice Jet also canceled flights. It said “all its flights have been canceled in this route. We apologize for the inconvenience caused.”
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BY M. DIVYA SRI