Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, on Tuesday was furious after he missed an 'important appointment' after the pilot of an Air India flight to Hyderabad did not turn up.
M Venkaiah Naidu. Pic/PTI
He demanded an explanation from the airline saying how such things were happening.
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. 1/— M Venkaiah Naidu (@MVenkaiahNaidu) June 28, 2016
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 2/— M Venkaiah Naidu (@MVenkaiahNaidu) June 28, 2016
Air India should explain how such things are happening. Transparency and accountability are the need of the hour. 3/— M Venkaiah Naidu (@MVenkaiahNaidu) June 28, 2016
Hope Air India understands that we are in the age of competition. Missed an important appointment.4— M Venkaiah Naidu (@MVenkaiahNaidu) June 28, 2016
Sources said Naidu was going to Hyderabad to attend a meeting on the 'Swachh Bharat' campaign. The flight was scheduled to depart at 1.45pm but due to the non-availability of the pilot it could take off only at 2.30 pm.
Soon after Naidu's tweets, Air India expressed regret for the inconvenience caused on Twitter.
@MVenkaiahNaidu Sir,we deeply regret the inconvenience caused due to flt delay.The pilot was stuck in traffic jam. Enquiry has been ordered.— Air India (@airindiain) June 28, 2016
Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said he had asked Air India to conduct an inquiry and take action.
Service disruptions are unacceptable and have to be eliminated. Have asked AI to enquire and take action on priority https://t.co/vwVwfPMKVf— Ashok Gajapathi Raju (@Ashok_Gajapathi) June 28, 2016