India: Flight takes off without 35 passengers; probe ordered

This triggered chaos at the airport, with the angry travellers who were left behind staging a protest


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Published: Thu 19 Jan 2023, 11:35 AM

A flight from India to Singapore took off hours ahead of schedule, leaving behind 35 passengers at the Amritsar airport.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in India has ordered a probe into the incident.

A Scoot Airline flight which was originally scheduled to depart at 7.55pm on Wednesday from the Amritsar Airport took off at 3pm, hours ahead of its departure time.

This triggered chaos at the airport with angry passengers who were left behind staging a protest. They registered their complaint with authorities concerned at the airport.

"Around 280 passengers were to travel to Singapore but 253 passengers were rescheduled, leaving behind over 30 passengers behind," the Amritsar airport Director told ANI.

The DGCA has sought details from both Scoot Airline, which is a Singaporean low-cost airline and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, and the Amritsar Airport authority.

According to the airline, all the passengers were informed about the change in timing via email.

An airport official told ANI that the travel agent, who booked the tickets for 30 people in a group, had not informed them (passengers) about the change in flight timings due to which the airline flew with the passengers who had reported on time.

A similar incident was also reported recently from Bengaluru airport when a Go First Delhi-bound flight took off leaving behind 55 of its passengers who were on their way to to the flight via a shuttle bus.

The passengers who were left behind were reportedly accommodated on another flight four hours later.

The DDCA issued a show cause notice to the Chief Operation Officer of Go First airlines as to why enforcement action should not be taken against them for dereliction of their regulatory obligations.


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