KUALA LUMPUR: Two Malaysian riders and 10 other crew members had their patience tried to the extreme after their flight to New Delhi, India turned into a journey of delays and reroutes.
Mohd Fitri Ashraf Razali and Mohd Haziq Fairues, who scheduled to participate in round five of the FIM Asia Road Racing Championships, were scheduled to depart at 6.25pm on Tuesday (September 27) from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
However, the crew of 18 were told that their Malaysia Airlines flight - MH0190 - was overbooked and only six of them were able to get onboard.
“When we arrived to check in, we were taken aback as we were told that the flight was overbooked.
“Haziq and I, along with 10 of our team engineers and mechanics, were then put on a MAS flight to Bangkok, where we were then supposed to catch a connecting Thai Airways flight to New Delhi,” Fitri was quoted as saying in the event organiser’s website.
To their dismay, they were once again let down when MAS’ One World alliance partner Thai Airways could not allocate enough seats for the team.
“When we arrived in Bangkok, we were told by Thai Airways that they only had four seats for us. Of course, our team members all elected to stay together.
“MAS officials in Bangkok then informed us that they had booked us a separate flight via Jet Airways, scheduled to depart on Wednesday (September 28) morning.
“When we returned to the Bangkok airport, Jet Airways refused to accept our tickets, leaving us no choice but to accept seats from Thai Airways in the afternoon,” Fitri recounted.
Fitri said the crew were exhausted and stressed by the time they arrived in New Delhi as they had been on the road for more than 24 hours.
“This is not a good way for either of us to start a weekend of tough competition,” he lamented.
Haziq’s team manager Yong Ying Hoe, 45, said the ordeal had cut their preparation period in half as they had planned to spend two days to set up for the competition.
“It usually takes us two days to gear up for competitions like this but now we only have one day, which is a huge inconvenience,” he said.