PAY UP indians- we have no fuel :)

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  1. JayATL

    JayATL Senior Member Senior Member

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    This is hilarious- I saw a report where passengers going form india to britain ( or vice versa) on Comtel were stranged in some other country because Comtel ( that's what I heard was the airlines name) aircrew said " we have no money for fuel , we need $30k dollars for fuel or else you have to stay on the aircraft."

    passenegsr after 6 hrs paid up and those who could not or refused were escorted off the aircraft in a foreign land.

    I'll see if there is youtube video about this....

    is Comtel and indian airline because on the video I saw on TV, the hostess 's accent was very different..
     
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    LONDON (AP) — Airlines have already begun charging for food, drinks, seat assignments and baggage. Now one is demanding that passengers cough up extra cash for fuel.

    Hundreds of passengers traveling from India to Britain were stranded Thursday in Amritsar, India, by the charter airline Comtel, which was asking them to kick in money to cover the cost of fuel and fees.

    Passengers will not be allowed to leave for Britain unless they pay 10,000 rupees (about $200) each, Bhupinder Kandra, the airline's majority shareholder, told the BBC.

    It was not clear if the passengers were stranded on the plane or at the airport.

    But that incident came just days after 180 other travelers flying the same route were stranded on a Comtel plane at a layover in Vienna until they could raise more than 20,000 pounds ($31,000) to fund the rest of the flight to Birmingham, England.

    Footage from the first Comtel airline incident broadcast by Britain's Channel 4 news showed a cabin crew member telling passengers: "We need some money to pay the fuel, to pay the airport, to pay everything we need. If you want to go to Birmingham, you have to pay."

    Channel 4 news said the crew told the passengers they would have to come up with 24,000 pounds ($38,000) between them. Some passengers said they were allowed to leave the plane to get to cash machines in Vienna to raise the money.

    "We all got together, took our money out of purses — 130 pounds ($205)," said Reena Rindi, who was aboard with her two-year-old daughter. "Children under two went free, my little one went free cause she's under two. If we didn't have the money, they were making us go one by one outside, in Vienna, to get the cash out."

    The plane then took off and reached Birmingham.

    Kandra, Comtel's majority shareholder, told the Associated Press from Vienna that travel agents had taken the passengers' money before the planes left but had not passed it on to the airline.

    "This is not my problem," he said. "The problem is with the agents."

    But Kandra insisted that the company was solvent and that the "show will go on."

    "We have not run out of money," he said. "We have enough."

    Airport officials in Birmingham, however, said Thursday that Comtel's weekend flights had been canceled.
    Airline passengers asked for extra cash for fuel | masslive.com
     
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    utubekhiladi The Preacher Elite Member

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    if it was me, i would proudly get out of the plane and sue their ass off. i wouldn't pay a single penny to this robbers.
     
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    An airline on which passengers claimed they were forced to pay for refuelling has cancelled next weekend's services in and out of the UK.

    The move by Austrian-registered Comtel Air comes as some UK passengers are still stranded abroad, while others are battling to get their money back after being "held to ransom" on the Tarmac at Vienna airport earlier this week.

    Only one of the two Comtel flights from the Indian city of Amritsar to Birmingham via Vienna took off last weekend.

    With passengers stuck in Amritsar, those that did take off said they had to raise £20,000 to fund the rest of the trip from Vienna to Birmingham.

    They were stuck at Vienna for six hours and the flight that should have got back to Birmingham on Saturday only arrived on Tuesday morning.

    A Birmingham Airport spokeswoman said Comtel had told the airport that this Saturday's and Sunday's Birmingham-Amritsar return flights via Vienna had been cancelled.

    Passengers who booked for the Comtel flights as part of a package will be protected by the Air Travel Organisers' Licensing (Atol) scheme run by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). However, both the CAA and travel organisation Abta stressed that some of those who had booked flight-only deals may not be financially covered.

    Comtel Air's director of passenger services Bhunpinder Kandra said: "I have heard what happened, it shouldn't have happened, and I will investigate why it happened. The people who had to pay the money will receive a refund."

    Asked if the company was going bust, he said: "There is no chance of that. Comtel is a very strong company, 16 years in Vienna."

    A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We have been, and remain, in touch with the relevant authorities including the airline for clarification on how British nationals due to fly in the coming days will be affected. Our current advice to anyone affected is to contact their tour operator, travel agent or the airline for further information and about possible alternative arrangements. We would also advise that they monitor our travel advice for India for any updates."
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    Stricken airline cancels services - Yahoo!
     
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    Blackwater Veteran Member Veteran Member

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    I tell you these people spend money on cars,daru, girls,gold chains but will go in cheap airline to india.This is typical Punjabi mentality..

    They deserve this type of treatment. Iam very happy for them:laugh::laugh::laugh:8)8):rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
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    W.G.Ewald Defence Professionals/ DFI member of 2 Defence Professionals

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    COMTEL AIR

    Gewinnen Sie einen Einblick in die luxuriöse Welt des Fliegens - mit COMTEL AIR. :thumb:
     
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    Sounds like some kind of Telecom operator instead of Airline.
     
  9. Yusuf

    Yusuf GUARDIAN Administrator

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    I would avoid Kingfisher. They have unpaid fuel bills in crores!!
     

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