RaajK Posted July 26, 2012 Report Share Posted July 26, 2012 Airline passengers told to pay for fuel Posted by ABC News November 18, 2011 07:44:04 Passengers on board a flight from the Indian city of Amritsar say they were forced to collect money on board the plane to pay for the remainder of their trip back to Britain. Those on board said they were "held to ransom" for six hours on a runway in the Austrian capital Vienna. The bizarre situation came after the flight, with Austrian airline Comtel Air, stopped to refuel. Passengers said they were told they had to hand over around 20,000 pounds ($31,500) to complete the journey to Birmingham in England. More than 180 passengers, who should have arrived in Birmingham on Saturday, finally reached the city late on Tuesday according to the Birmingham Mail newspaper. Elderly women and children were among the passengers. One passenger, Dalvinder Batra, told the paper: "It is absolutely disgusting. There are still people stuck out there." Ranbir Dehal said: "We were escorted to the cash point to take money out. They said there was a deficit of nearly 24,000 euros and they gave us receipts." Reena Rindi, who was travelling with her two-year-old daughter said: "We wanted to go home. We'd been stranded for about three to four days. Who was going to take us home?" "If we didn't have the money they were making us go one by one outside in Vienna to get the cash out." Konrad Bhupinder, managing director of Comtel Air, blamed tour operator Skyjet for the problem. "We only organise flights if the tickets have been paid for," he said, adding that in this case Skyjet had not paid the airline for the flights. The flight had been due to take off on Saturday but was delayed to Tuesday because of a conflict between Skyjet and Comtel Air. Eight months later, anybody received compensation from travel agents or CAA team ? 0 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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