MANAMA: Nearly 140 passengers flying to Bahrain from India were stranded last night due to a technical snag on a Gulf Air flight. They had booked to fly on GF138 from Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, at 8.30pm, many travelling hundreds of miles to catch the flight.
Some have also missed connecting flights from Bahrain to other destinations.
"This is the only international airport in northern India that operates flights to Bahrain," said a frustrated passenger.
"Many flew in by other flights or travelled by train from distant places to catch this flight. So we could not go back to our homes.
"We demanded hotel rooms, but these weren't provided until we put up a fight.
"The passengers were not informed until just four hours before the actual departure time about the cancellation.
"Nearly 90 passengers who live in New Delhi were sent back home.
"Alternative flights were arranged for those passengers who had already booked a connecting flight from Bahrain," he added.
The remaining passengers have been booked on another Gulf Air flight that is to depart from India at 7.30am (Indian time) and due to reach Bahrain at 9am (Bahrain time) today.
A Gulf Air spokesman admitted there had been a technical snag that resulted in the inconvenience.
"It is the peak summer season due to which we are experiencing a shortage of aircraft to meet the demand.
"We regret the inconvenience caused," he said.