Mamata’s Return To Kolkata Delayed By Diversion Of Flight


Siliguri: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s return from Darjeeling to Kolkata got delayed on Friday, as the flight she was scheduled to board failed to land at Bagdogra Airport in Darjeeling district due to inclement weather.

Banerjee was to board the Delhi-Bagdogra-Kolkata flight of the IndiGo, scheduled to take off at 4.35 pm from Bagdogra, but it could not land at Bagdogra due to bad weather and had to be diverted to Guwahati, Bagdogra Airport director Rakesh Sahani said.

The chief minister was later accommodated in an AirAsia flight, which took off at about 6.05 pm from Bagdogra and landed at the NSCBI Airport in Kolkata by 6.50 pm, nearly 90 minutes behind schedule, Sahani said.

The chief minister was in in north Bengal to attend the Darjeeling Business Summit that concluded on March 14. Earlier in the day, she held a meeting with her Sikkim counterpart Pawan Kumar Chamling at Siliguri.

Journalists accompanying the CM, however, returned to Kolkata much later by the IndiGo flight after it returned to Bagdogra from Guwahati.