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300 passengers stranded at Jaipur airport for 2 hours as pilot leaves citing duty hour limitation rule

Protest from passengers led the airlines to arrange buses and taxis for transport back to Delhi.

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January 19, 2024, 7:55 pm

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Terminal - 2 at Jaipur International Airport.

JAIPUR: Delhi experienced poor weather, causing VietJet Airlines flight VJ-971 to be redirected to Jaipur.

Pilot left due to duty hours ending at 2 am. Over 300 passengers faced a two-hour delay on the plane in Jaipur. Protest from passengers led Vietjet Airlines to arrange buses and taxis for transport back to Delhi. Flight departed at 5 pm the following day.

Delhi’s fog caused diversions of multiple flights, including international ones, resulting in delays. Air India flight L 212 from Kathmandu landed in Jaipur instead of Delhi. Jammu-Delhi flight also diverted and reached Jaipur airport.

Other diversions include Vietjet flight VJ 971 (Hanoi-Delhi), Air India flight AL 808 (Bengaluru-Delhi), Alliance Air’s 9L 622 (Indore-Delhi), Indigo flight 6E 6385 (Bengaluru-Chandigarh).

Airport officials explain that staff can only work within designated hours, adhering to DGCA guidelines. Pilot and crew followed these rules by disembarking after their working time ended.

First published: January 19, 2024