A combat broke out between passengers and airport workers at Ahmedabad’s Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Worldwide Airport over the delay of a SpiceJet plane for eight hours on Wednesday, August 24.
Later, security personnel and senior airport officials were called and they pacified the situation. All passengers left the airport on a later flight.
The SpiceJet flight SG0354 which was scheduled to depart at 10.30 am, but was rescheduled after 3 pm due to NOTAM. However, due to a network issue (congestion at the airport), it got delayed further and finally, it took off at around 7 pm for Varanasi.
According to sources in the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, the flight was delayed due to a ‘Network Issue’.
A source at Ahmedabad airport informed that the main runway of the airport was closed for maintenance between 11 am to 3 pm. Regarding it, NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) was issued to pilots.
NOTAM or Notice to Airmen are notices distributed by means of telecommunication containing information concerning the establishment, condition or change in any aeronautical facility, service, procedure or hazard, the timely knowledge of which is essential to personnel concerned with flight operations.
A senior DGCA official stated that they were aware of the situation and that in such cases, passengers must be compensated if they request for it, because the rule requires it.