Both the flights were revoked by the Lufthansa headquarters due to a one-day worldwide strike of all the pilots of Lufthansa airlines for salary appraisals.
Indira Gandhi international airport
Over 700 passengers inside Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport and 200 of their relatives outside Terminal-3 staged a protest late Thursday night when, hours after reaching the airport, German carrier Lufthansa reported that it is revoking almost all passenger and cargo flights on Friday due to the planned strike action by the pilots.
The flights have been revoked from its 2 largest hubs, Frankfurt and Munich. The protesters were pacified by the CISF and Delhi Police after being assured that efforts were being made to make alternate arrangements for the passengers by the airline company.
A senior official of CISF said the passengers, who were bound for Frankfurt and Munich, staged a protest at departure Gates No. 6 and 7 outside the check-in area due to the cancellation of flights. “Some of them later made a call to the police control room from Terminal-3 and immediately the CISF personnel and Delhi Police personnel rushed to the spot,” an officer stated.
After reaching, the officials arrived to know that around 10.15 pm on Thursday, 300 passengers of Frankfurt bound Lufthansa flight, which was scheduled for departure at 2.50 am, and 400 passengers of Munich bound Lufthansa flight, which was scheduled for departure at 1.10 am arrived along with their relatives, and got to know about the flight revocation.
“They began increasing slogans and alleged that Lufthansa airlines neither provided complete refund nor provided alternate flight and hotel accommodation due to which passengers, those who entered into the terminal as well as those present at departure alighting area along with their relatives, staged a protest,” an official told.
Police told they received information at 12.15 am in which it was conveyed that a crowd has gathered on the main road in front of departure Gate No. 1, T-3, and after reaching, police found that the traffic moment had slowed down due to their protest.
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“The crowd was demanding a refund of money or alternate arrangement to be made for their relatives, who were present inside the terminal building. The gathering was dispersed shortly. Efforts are being done to make alternate arrangements for the passengers by the airline’s company,” the officer told.
Amid the protest, passengers of the scene posted videos of the event.
In one of the tweets, a passenger stated that roads were blocked, with passengers’ cars and cabs being stuck. A video appeared to show passengers sitting and waiting on the asphalt, while others crowded about. Slogans of “band Karo, band Karo” were also audible from protestors.
Another tweet showed passengers stranded at Delhi international airport on account of the strike, with a video appearing to show passengers stuck inside the airport, along with piles of baggage. Calls of “we want justice” and “zindabad” could also be heard.
Another passenger had tweeted a complaint to Lufthansa and claimed they were only willing to compensate them Rs 6,000 for accommodation when they were stuck from 8 pm to 4 am, despite being accompanied by senior citizens.