Thanks to farmers' protest, hundreds miss flights from Bengaluru airport
About 374 people reportedly missed their flights, both national and international, on Thursday evening owing to traffic block, on Ballari road towards Kempegowda International Airport, caused by farmers.
The protesting farmers drove into the city in their tractors despite the order from the Bengaluru traffic police to ban tractors from entering the city, reported The Times of India.
Over two hundred farmers had arrived, driving tractors, to the city to lay siege to the Vidhana Soudha and demand a permanent water solution for water parched districts like Kolar and Chikkaballapur.
The Times of India reported that the people missed their flights between 3pm and 6 pm, about 30 departures were scheduled during that three-hour window.
Ten passengers flying to Goa by GoAir reportedly missed their flight and the airline accommodated a few of them on a later one, reported TOI.
Vidya, a senior journalist who was travelling to Delhi from Bengaluru by Indigo was at the verge of missing her flight which had its check-in closing at 5:20pm.
“The cab driver was asked to take the Ring Road route. But that too was jammed as the farmers who were returning on tractors used that route. I managed to reach at 5:15pm, with just enough time for check-in. When I went in, the Indigo counters which are usually full looked startlingly deserted,” she said.
Many passengers were reportedly seen pushing their baggage and walking towards the airport hoping to catch their flight. Some even tried to share cabs from the Air Force Station near Yelahanka, reported TOI.
A KIA spokesperson said flights were not delayed however, passengers were arrived late or missed their flight because of the because of the protest.
Airport authorities also kept giving live updates about the traffic condition through twitter.