Passengers protest as AI cancels flights in Kochi

Passengers shouted slogans and protested the "indifferent and irresponsible" attitude of AI in operating its services.

Kochi: Utter confusion prevailed at
Kochi International Airport on Friday when Air India
announced cancellation of some flights following oil companies
issuing notice to AI demanding settlement of mounting fuel
dues.

Passengers and their relatives, who reached the
airport, shouted slogans and protested the "indifferent and
irresponsible" attitude of AI in operating its services.

AI sources claimed that the passengers were informed
sufficiently early about the possibility of cancellation of
the flights, due to "fuel crisis".

AI had announced that Riyad-bound AI flight from
Thiruvananthapuram via Kochi (AI 928/929) would be cancelled
today, but passengers who arrived without knowing about the
cancellation shouted slogans against Air India, they said.

About 164 passengers had reserved the tickets to
travel from Kochi to Riyad, the airport sources said.

However, the Air India Management decided to operate
the Thiruvananthapuram-Kochi-Riyad flight later. But
there were only a few passengers who reported at Kochi to
travel by the flight. The check-in process began at 02:15 pm.

The flight is expected to arrive at Kochi from
Thiruvananthapuram and leave for Riyad at 04:30 pm.

Meanwhile, the Air India Flight from Kochi to Chennai
(AI 519) has been cancelled owing to the fuel crisis, sources
said. The flight was scheduled to leave at 02:15 pm.

PTI

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