Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday slammed Air India after a delayed flight caused him to miss an important appointment.
In a series of tweets, the minister said that he was to board the flight from Hyderabad, and was informed that the pilot was running late. After the boarding did not start despite a prolonged wait, he returned home.
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/â€” 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 didnâ€™t start.returned 2 home 2/â€” 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/â€” M Venkaiah Naidu (@MVenkaiahNaidu) June 28, 2016
Hope Air India understands that we are in the age of competition. Missed an important appointment.4â€” M Venkaiah Naidu (@MVenkaiahNaidu) June 28, 2016
Air India later responded to him saying that the pilot was stuck in a traffic jam due to which he could reach the airport on time.
@MVenkaiahNaidu Sir,we deeply regret the inconvenience caused due to flt delay.The pilot was stuck in traffic jam. Enquiry has been ordered.â€” Air India (@airindiain) June 28, 2016