Hyderabad: An Air India flight bound for Hyderabad from Jeddah was diverted to Mumbai due to poor visibility at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Shamshabad on Friday morning.
This denied some passengers from the city coming from Jeddah an opportunity to exercise their franchise during the Assembly elections. Flight AI 966 from Jeddah to Hyderabad was scheduled to land at RGIA at around 7.10 am. Owing to poor visibility, it was diverted to Mumbai. The passengers later managed to reach Hyderabad in a different flight, according to an Air India spokesperson.
A social activist Shahbaz Ahmed Khan, in a statement said, most passengers travelling in the flight could not cast their vote because of the diversion of the flight to Mumbai. Air India authorities said the flight was diverted to Mumbai due to bad weather. However, a Saudi airline arrived at RGIA from Jeddah at around the same time. He demanded that action be initiated against the officials, who were responsible for the inconvenience to passengers, and added that the airline must give free tickets to all passengers as compensation.