As many as 140 passengers bound for Muscat were left stranded in the State capital as Jet Airways cancelled its flight to Muscat on Tuesday from Thiruvananthapuram international airport after the airline pilots went on mass casual leave.

The flight 9W 529/530 Muscat-Thiruvananthapuram-Muscat was to arrive here from Muscat at 6.30 a.m. and depart from Thiruvananthapuram international airport at 8.15 a.m.The cancellation of the flight to Muscat has put to hardship the passengers, many of them returning back to Muscat along with their family after Onam. Airport sources said the stranded passengers have been put up in a city hotel and were being taken care of by the airline.

Sources said the stranded passengers can be cleared only if the airline of Air India operates a special flight in the sector. Jet Airways has a flight from here to Muscat on Wednesday.

The airline had also cancelled the flight to Mumbai in view of the stir by the pilots. The flight 9W 336/337 was to arrive from Mumbai at 12.40 noon and depart from here at 1.35 p.m. Airport sources said those who had booked in the flight of Jet Airways to Mumbai were accommodated in the flight of another private airline.

Air India’s gesture

Air India has taken steps to accommodate passengers of Jet Airways who have been stranded at various airports due to the cancellation of Jet Airways flights.

A spokesman of Air India said that AI officials at various domestic airports have been directed to extend a helping hand so that passengers are not stranded and inconvenienced. This has been done for both domestic and international passengers.

The spokesman further said that Air India is in touch with Jet Airways officials and in the event of there being a need for operating special flights, Air India will do so and for that Air India has kept aircraft and crew on standby.