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Stranded Leh-bound passengers protest at Delhi airport

PTI  New Delhi, February 06, 2013
First Published: 00:01 IST(6/2/2013) | Last Updated: 00:02 IST(6/2/2013)

As many as 85 GoAir passengers to Leh were on Tuesday left stranded here after their flight was aborted in Jammu due to inclement weather and they were forced to return to the Capital.


As the airline expressed inability to provide an alternate flight, the agitated passengers refused to leave the airport and staged protest.        

GoAir's Delhi-Jammu-Leh-Delhi flight (G8-193) took off from Indira Gandhi International airport here as per schedule on Tuesday morning and landed at Jammu airport.

But airline officials had to cancel the onward journey to Leh due to inclement weather and brought back all Leh-bound passengers to Delhi, airport sources said.

Expressing their inability to provide seats to all passengers in other airlines or alternate flight or hotel accommodation, the airline officials asked the passengers to take refund of their tickets.

Later, the issue was resolved after airline agreed to provide tickets for February 7 to those who wanted to travel on that day.

The airline also provided accommodation to those who didn't have one in the city, the sources said.

Passengers, mostly Ladhkhis, were returning from pilgrimage and had bought the tickets about six or seven months ago at a very discounted price.

Many claimed that they had no money to pay for hotel accommodation.

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