44 Thai Buddhist monks stranded at Indian airport

29.03.2010 03:09
44 Thai Buddhist monks stranded at Indian airport - India - travel - Air India - flight

44 Thai Buddhist monks were stranded on Sunday at the Agartala airport after their Kolkata-bound Air India flight had been canceled due to a technical problem.

The flight was scheduled to depart from Agartala around 4 p.m.

"The monks came to Tripura from Thailand last week to visit Buddhist religious places in the northeastern state. On Sunday they were scheduled to go to Bodh Gaya in Bihar via Kolkata but their Air India flight was cancelled due to a technical hitch," an Air India official told Indo-Asian News Service (IANS).

The official said that the monks would be sent to Kolkata on Monday in another aircraft. 

Some of the monks complained about the way how Air India handled them. They said the airline did not assist them with finding accommodations in Agartala after the flight had been canceled, they had to arrange it for themselves.

"The Air India authority did not make any arrangements for the monks' night stay in Agartala. We stayed at a hotel here making our own arrangements,' said Mr Samut, the leader of the Thai monks' group.

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