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After Fighting to Get Flying Ban Lifted, Sena MP Gaikwad Takes the Train

By: Aritra Hazra

Edited By: Ananya Chakraborty

CNN-News18

Last Updated: April 10, 2017, 11:55 IST

File photo of Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad.

File photo of Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad.

Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad has booked a ticket on an Air India flight from Pune to New Delhi for Monday, two days after the ban on him from flying was lifted by the state-owned carrier.

New Delhi: Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad booked a ticket on an Air India flight from Pune to New Delhi for Monday, two days after the ban on him was lifted by the state-owned carrier. But the parliamentarian is learnt to have opted to travel by train instead.

Sources said Gaikwad boarded the Rajdhani Express for New Delhi on Sunday.

Gaikwad was learnt to have booked a business class seat in AI 852, which took off from Pune at 7:40 am and lands at Indira Gandhi International airport at 9:50 am.

This is the same flight Gaikwad boarded last month when he lost his cool and hit an Air India staffer "25 times" because the MP insisted on travelling business class on an all-economy flight.

"The summer schedule kicked in on 26 March as per which we are flying the newly acquired A320 neo planes on this route. This aircraft has business class," PTI quoted an Air India source as saying.

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The MP had converted his ticket for Monday into an open ticket, which allows him to fly on any date on the same route.

While lifting the ban on Friday, after pressure from the government, Air India had emphasised that it is "committed to ensuring its employees are not assaulted or misbehaved with".

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The national carrier also said that it would take strong action to preserve the dignity of its employees.

(With PTI inputs)
first published:April 10, 2017, 07:18 IST
last updated:April 10, 2017, 11:55 IST