August 23, 2019, 19:12


Air France Makes 26 People ‘Voluntarily’ Deboard Flight From New Delhi to Paris (Video)

Air France Makes 26 People ‘Voluntarily’ Deboard Flight From New Delhi to Paris (Video)

New Delhi (Sputnik): In an unusual development, at least 26 passengers of a Paris-bound Air France flight were deboarded at a Delhi airport on Wednesday after crew members claimed that the flight would not be able to take off without the deboarding.

An official said that flight AF-225 was scheduled to take off at 1:10 a.m. local time on Wednesday, but a technical glitch caused it to remain at Terminal 3 of the airport for hours.

A video shows the crew and the pilot urging the passengers to offload their checked-in luggage, as the plane could not otherwise take off.

​Nevertheless, the crew members were unable to tell passengers what the glitch was.

The flight finally took off at 3:46 a.m. local time after being delayed for more than two and a half hours.

Air France in New Delhi has not issued any official statement about the technical glitch.

Earlier this week, Air France decided to increase its passenger-carrying capacity between India and Europe by more than 25 percent citing India as a “strategic market”.

“One of the major challenges in India is the route profitability. From a historical point of view, it has always been a bit of challenge. Our flights are doing well. But the economical performance is always a bit of a concern”, Welmer Blom, senior vice-president (Middle East, Gulf and India), Air France KLM, told Indian news agency PTI.

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