21 November 2011

What would you do.....

Would you club together with your fellow passengers to raise 20,000 GBP to pay for fuel for your plane to get home....!

Learning Point: Airlines to Avoid: Comtel (now in bankruptcy I believe)

The Comtel flight originated in Amritsar and was headed for Birmingham when it made a fuel stop in Vienna, the airline's home base. Comtel couldn't pay for the fuel needed for the flight to England so passengers were told they had to come up with $34,000 between themselves to top the 757's tanks. Those who didn't have cash on them were escorted to ATMs in the terminal to withdraw the money. The plane and its unhappy passengers made it to Birmingham and Comtel blamed the incident on late payments from travel agents, After first promising compensation to the passengers, the airline abruptly declared bankruptcy, leaving another 180 customers stranded in India.

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