Kochi: Bad weather at Kozhikode airport forced Air India to divert two flights from the Gulf to Thiruvananthapuram on Friday, leading to protests from passengers as most of them were coming home for Ramzan.
An airline spokesperson here said the two flights—Abu Dhabi-Calicut with 163 passengers and Dubai-Calicut with 48 passengers could not land at the airports due to bad weather and poor visiblity and were diverted to Thiruvananthapuram.
Passengers of the Dubai-calicut flight refused to come out of the aircraft at Thiruvananthapuram and demanded that the same flight take them to Kozhikode.
Air India sources said crew of the two flights went into flight duty time limitations as per which they cannot fly for more than nine hours at a stretch.
The airlines got a extra set of crew and operated the Abu Dhabi-Calicut flight. The 186 seater flight had 23 seats vacant and passengers with families and children of the Dubai-Calicut flight were asked to board the flight, which they refused, the airline said.
The 48 passengers were then put on the Thiruvananthapuram-Kochi-Riyadh flight, which landed here at 1.10 PM. They were provided food and taken in AC coaches to Kozhikode and Kannur. Another vehicle has been arranged to carry their luggage also, the sources said.