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Passengers forced to pay fuel for flight

November 17, 2011

By Linda Meijvis & Tom Schoonen

AMSTERDAM – Passengers who flew with Comtel Air were forced to pay £20,000 fuel costs to continue their flight.

“We were escorted to the cash point to take money out,” said passenger Ranbir Dehal, “They said there was a deficit of nearly 24,000 Euros and they gave us receipts.”

Over 180 passengers experienced an unexpected delay in Vienna after flight authorities  announced they had run out of money for fuel.

According to BBC, a Comtel Air spokesman denied the incident, while AP claimed that a spokesman said that it shouldn’t have happened.

“I have heard what happened, it shouldn’t have happened, and I will investigate why it happened,” said Comtel Air’s director of passenger services Bhunpinder Kandra.

If the passengers on the flight from Amritsar, India, to Birmingham wouldn’t pay, they and their luggage would be removed from the aircraft, passengers said.

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