New Delhi, April 16: The national carrier Air India on Monday suspended a senior officer for fighting with a passenger over a business class seat in a domestic flight. The flight was bound from Delhi to Amristar and it was delayed by 33 minutes due to the incident.

Air India released a statement stating that the officer has been placed under suspension. On a recent flight from Delhi to Amritsar, a senior commercial officer, who has just returned from a foreign posting got into a major altercation with a passenger over a business class seat.

The statement further stated that the argument over such a small issue on a short-duration flight led to the delay of the flight by 33 minutes. Details about the suspended official and when the incident happened could not be immediately ascertained.

As quoted by PTI, Air India Chairman and Managing Director Pradeep Singh Kharola also issued advisory asking employees to stick to high disciplinary standards.

Earlier, the government has proposed selling 76 percent stake in debt-laden carrier Air India. The Civil Aviation Ministry has sought Expression of Interest (EoI) for the stake sale in the loss-making carrier and two of its subsidiaries.

In June 2017, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) gave the in-principle nod to the strategic disinvestment of the airline, which has a debt burden of over Rs 50,000 crore. Earlier, Jet Airways has also delayed salary for the month of March citing “circumstances beyond its control.”

(with agency inputs)