Venkaiah Naidu hits out at Air India for flight delay

| Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 19:12
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New Delhi: Union Minister for Urban Development M. Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday hit out at Air India carrier as he missed an important appointment after his flight got delayed. 
The Parliamentary affairs minister went on twitter and dug out his frustration in several tweets and said, "I had to travel to Hyderabad by Air India AI544 which is to depart at 1315 Hrs... was told on time... reached airport by 1230 Hrs. Was informed at 1315hrs that flight was delayed as d pilot had not yet come. Waited up to 1345 Hrs, boarding didn't start. returned 2 home," Naidu said in a series of tweets.

The Union Minister had asked the airline to explain how this happened. He also said that transparency and accountability are the need of the hour.
“Don't you have standby procedures which will take care of such situation,” said the Union Minister.
Speaking to #NewsX, Air India in its explanation said, “Deeply regret the inconvenience, the pilot had got stuck into traffic; however an enquiry has been ordered.”
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AI Delay

It is surprising that only a Minister's flight is delayed airlines are ticked off. What happens when flights are delayed by Minister and his/her team and all the other passengers get delayed. The National carrier is surviving on Taxpayers money. Let the Government start running as a profit center. Government should pay ahead the fares for all the flights booked them.

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