Chaos break out at IGI airport`s new terminal

Chaos broke out at the swanky new Terminal three of the Indira Gandhi International Airport tonight as large number of passengers angered by delays in Air India flights raised slogans against the national carrier.

Last Updated: Nov 07, 2010, 23:31 PM IST

New Delhi: Chaos broke out at the swanky
new Terminal three of the Indira Gandhi International Airport
here tonight as large number of passengers angered by delays
in Air India flights raised slogans against the national
carrier.

Angry passengers even took over the microphone at the
public announcement system room near Gate nos. 22 and 24 at
the Terminal three of the airport, sources said.

The passengers, who were angered by delays of Air
India flights -- AI 841, 895 -- also shouted slogans against
the national carrier and wanted to know why there were
inordinate delays in flights.

The passengers were also angry as they did not receive
baggage for hours after their flight landed at the Airport.

Passengers of AI 201 New York-Delhi alleged that they
waited for three to four hours to receive their baggage.

They complained that the conveyor belt was not functioning.
The angry passengers also had heated exchanges with
Air India officials, who tried to pacify them.

There were unconfirmed reports that Air India flights
to Gulf were delayed by at least three hours.

After failing to get a convincing reply from the
airport and airline officials, the passengers shouted slogans
against the national carrier.

Sources said a flight from Dubai could not find a
parking space in the new terminal followng which passengers
had to sit inside the aircraft for sometime.

Airline sources acknowledged that there were some
delays.

Ever since Air India shifted some of its domestic
operations to the terminal, there have been delays in flight
operations.

PTI