Airline Forces Passengers to Pay for Gas

Comtel flight stranded in Vienna

Nov 17, 2011
Outside Magazine

Passengers aboard a Comtel Air flight from Amritsar, India, to Birmingham, England, had to pay $31,000 to get home when the airline couldn’t afford to refuel in Vienna. The 180 passengers were stranded for two days, saying they were “held for ransom” and escorted to cash machines to withdraw up to $780. The airline has denied that it is in financial trouble and says that the money will be refunded, though it may take months for passengers to be repaid. Other Comtel flights from India have remained grounded.

Read more at the BBC

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