Aviation Minister Apologizes Over Flight Fiasco


New Delhi: Hours after PMO sought a report over VIPS delaying Air India flights, the civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju tendered an apology to all passengers inconvenienced by the delays.

“We apologize to all passengers who have faced inconvenience,” Gajapathi Raju told reporters addressing a press conference on Thursday. “If there is violation of rules, we will ask why it happened and that it should not happen,” the minister said.

The civil aviation minister said that the ministry is working on plans to avoid such incidents in future. “We will avoid such incidents in future, will ensure such incidents don’t recur,” the Union minister said.

Two incidents involving Air India were reported recently.

In the first incident Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis was accused of delaying a flight to US after his aide forgot to carry a valid passport.

On June 24, a flight from Leh to Delhi carrying Rijiju was delayed for about an hour and three passengers, including a child, were allegedly offloaded to accommodate him and his PA.