AirAsia QZ8501: Victims' families booted from hotel

AirAsia QZ8501: Victims' families booted from hotel
Sunu Widiatmoko (C), the president of AirAsia's Indonesian subsidiary, Indonesia-AirAsia, answers media questions during a press conference outside the crisis-centre set up at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya on December 30, 2014.

SURABAYA - Some families of passengers on AirAsia Flight QZ8501 found themselves evicted from their hotel on New Year's Eve because it was fully booked for the new year.

Detik news reported that Hotel Halogen, located near Surabaya's Juanda International Airport, had removed the luggage of the families without informing them.

One family member told Detik that AirAsia Indonesia told them they could stay until yesterday. They were shocked to find their luggage outside their rooms.

A few hours earlier, AirAsia Indonesia chief executive Sunu Widiatmoko said at a press conference that rooms were hard to find on New Year's Eve, and families would be moved yesterday, reported Detik.

A hotel receptionist was quoted as saying that the decision to remove the luggage from the rooms was approved by AirAsia Indonesia.

This article by The Straits Times was published in MyPaper, a free, bilingual newspaper published by Singapore Press Holdings.

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