Passengers on Sunday staged a protest at the Karipur International airport after an Air India flight from Dubai arrived in Kozhikode almost 24 hours behind its schedule.
"Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should reply why such an unnecessary delay took place and the Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel should apologise to us," IUML leader and one of the passengers MK Muneer said.
The flight, originally scheduled to arrive early morning on Saturday, reached in Kozhikode at 4 am on Sunday, following which the passengers launched an agitation in-front of the emigration counter at the airport.
"No alternate arrangements were made for stay and food for the passengers who were put to severe hardship," Muneer said.
Flaying Air India for "frequently" indulging in such delays, he said the Centre should intervene in the matter immediately and find a permanent solution to the problem.