Labourer, Who Sold Goats to Buy Air Ticket, to Go Home on 1 June

“Their original booking had to be canceled as the West Bengal govt prohibited flights until 28 May,” Indigo said.

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3 Labourers Charged Over Rs 30K for IndiGo Flights, Get Cancelled.

Three labourers, who were were stuck at the airport in Mumbai after their flight got cancelled, are now set to travel on 1 June, with the airline Indigo saying they've re-accommodated the three of them.

"Their original booking had to be canceled as the Government of West Bengal has prohibited flights until 28th May... We had offered to rebook them on the first service on 28th May but they have now decided to travel on Jun01 and we have accommodated their travel plans at no additional charge [sic]," Indigo said in a series of tweets.

Earlier, the Times of India had reported that three labourers had pooled their savings, with one's family also selling their three goats, to buy three air tickets worth Rs 30,600 for the journey from Mumbai to Kolkata. According to the report, the airline also refused to refund them.

Indigo had earlier replied saying they are "reaching out to these passengers right away. “Rest assured, we shall be accommodating them on the next available flight or providing them with a full refund. Thanks!” it said.

Labourer, Who Sold Goats to Buy Air Ticket, to Go Home on 1 June
(Photo Courtesy: @IndiGo6E)

Civil Aviation Minister also weighed in on the incident tweeting that the issue has been resolved. "The airline had to cancel because of the restrictions by the concerned state government. Now the passengers have been accommodated on the first available flight [sic]," he said.

This incident came a day after India resumed domestic flights on Monday. A total of 608 services ferrying 41,673 passengers were operated till 5 pm on Tuesday, according to the Centre.

Around 630 domestic flights were cancelled on the first day of resumption due to restrictions imposed by various cities, including Mumbai and Chennai, PTI reported.

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