Kolkata: A Port Blair-bound Air India
flight on Saturday took off without 25 passengers carrying tickets
as the plane did not have the capacity to seat them,
triggering protests by the travellers.
The airliner usually uses a 145-seater aircraft but
today the plane was smaller with 120 seats, Air India
Airport sources said Air-India`s Kolkata-Port Blair
flight left at 5.35 am without taking the passengers from NSC
Bose international airport here.
Following this, the passengers launched an agitation
at the airport.
Air India officials said a few of the left-out
passengers would be sent by a JetLite flight to Port Blair
and the rest would be provided accommodation in a hotel and
A similar incident happened last evening when Jet
Airways switched to a smaller aircraft for its
Kolkata-Agartala flight. It ended up with 10 passengers in
excess and left them at the airport, sources said.