Air India refused to take Manika Batra, who won the gold medal for the country in table tennis to Melbourne today due to its flight being overbooked. Air India has not only denied Manika Batra, but has refused to give boarding passport to 6 other players going to Melbourne. The reason for this refusal is once again the over-booking of the flight. In fact, 17 other players, including Manika Batra, had to go to Melbourne to participate in the TTFF World Tour Australian Open Championship. All players, including Manika Batra, had booked their tickets at Air India Flight AI-308 for going to Melbourne.
According to sources, this flight departs from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport at 12:15 pm. Monika reached the airport with all her fellow players at around nine o’clock in the morning of Sunday (July 22). All the players got in touch with the airline staff in the counter during check-in at IGI Airport. Airline staff said that the flight to Delhi from Melbourne to AI-308 is overbooked, therefore, it can allow only 10 in 17 to move to Melbourne. The players could not understandhow the airlines could refuse them despite being on time.
Finally 10 players left for Melbourne
All players, including Monika Batra, tried to explain to the Air India staff a lot, that they are all going to represent the country in the TTFF World Tour Australia Open championship organized in Melbourne. The players explained that they could miss the flight if they missed the flight. But, the airline staff kept saying the same thing that they can not do anything, the flight is full. They will arrange the rest of the players in the next flight. In the end, ten players were sent from this flight to Melbourne. The other seven players, including Monika Batraed, remain at IGI Airport New Delhi.