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JetLite asked to pay Rs. 2 lakh to flyer for cancellation

Budget airline JetLite has been directed by a consumer forum to pay Rs. 2 lakh as compensation to a flyer, who could not travel from Delhi to Hazaribagh in Jharkhand for a family function because of sudden cancellation of his flight.

New Delhi Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum directed the airline to compensate for the harassment caused to Vinod Kumar Singhal and his seven family members in February 2007 and pulled it up for citing fog as a reason for cancellation of the flight.

“It appears that opposite party (JetLite) is taking shelter of early morning fog conditions with weather report,” a bench presided by Justice C K Chaturvedi said, while noting that the first reply of the airline did not mention fog as reason for cancellation of flight.
“It rather states that there was heavy technical snag, which technician failed to record, in short time,” the forum said.

The forum awarded a compensation of Rs. 1.5 lakh to Mr Singhal and his family for all the inconvenience and harassment along with litigation expenses of Rs. 50,000.

Mr Singhal had approached the forum with a complaint that his flight from Delhi to Hazaribagh on February 17, 2007 was cancelled after he had reached the airport with his family, due to which he had to cancel a family function.

The airline, in its reply, had said that it had to be cancelled due to fog conditions.

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