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Comtel Air cancels British flights

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An Austrian-registered airline has announced the cancellation of its flights to and from the UK this weekend.

Passengers on a Comtel Air flight recently claimed that in order to reach their destination of Birmingham, they were asked to pay for their plane to be refuelled.

And now some flights scheduled to take off between November 18 and 20, between Amritsar and Birmingham, have been cancelled by the firm.

In the event of flight cancellations, travel insurance can offer some financial protection to holidaymakers stranded overseas.

In the case of Comtel Air, the organisation only managed to launch one of two services from Amritsar in India to Birmingham via Vienna last weekend.

Those on the plane that did take off said they were forced to raise £20,000 when their flight stopped in Vienna to get home.

Although they were due to arrive in Birmingham on Saturday, it took them until Tuesday morning to do so.

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