Standed passenger foot fuel bill

FURIOUS plane passengers were forced to hold a £20,000 (A$31,000) 'whip around' in Vienna when their flight was grounded after the airline could not afford the second half of the journey.

More than 180 holidaymakers on the Comtel Air jet travelling from Armistar in India to Birmingham International Airport were "held to ransom" for six hours in Vienna.

Passengers were left stunned when their jet landed to refuel in Austria and staff told them to disembark - because the airline had "ran out of cash to fund the last leg of the trip".

It emerged the airline had racked up bills of more than £20,000 (A$31,000) for not paying landing fees and taxes - with the company in dire financial straits.

A six-hour stand off on the tarmac only ended when travellers were frogmarched to a cash machine and forced to withdraw up to £130 (A$202) each to get the plane home.

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