Natus Vincere failed to leave Amsterdam
UPDATE: Players will fly to Seattle tomorrow.
With only few days left until the beginning of The International 2013, the tournament has started already for some teams, including Natus Vincere and Quantic's captain Arthur "Goblak" Kostenko, who flew out to Seattle via Amsterdam today.
At 6:10 all of the above mentioned players and myself as the reporter, flew out to Amsterdam where we've had a connection to make. Things started looking weird when only half of us received two boarding passes, meanwhile the rest got only one, to Amsterdam.
Story continued in Amsterdam, where those missing required boarding pass had to go to transfer point, where they got their passes with "seat-gate" stamps on them. Basically this meant that there are not enough seats on the airplane, despite them having valid tickets. This is so-called overbooking, and this is a rather typical situation, when airlines sell more tickets than necessary.
There are two reasons for overbooking. One of them is technical – airplane is replaced due to technical problems. For example, Airbus A321-200 with 169 seats available got replaced with Airbus A320-200 with 156 seats. If all tickets were sold, then 13 people will have to wait for another flight.
Another reason is purely economical. Majority of flights has about 65-75% capacity despite selling far more tickets. This is due to many people changing their minds last minute, or simply missing their flights.
In the end Funn1k, Goblak and Kuroky are on their way to Seattle, meanwhile Dendi, XBOCT, Puppey and me (prb) were left at gate E22 with a bunch of other losers who dared the same fate. We're still waiting for any additional information regarding our flight and possible compensation.
There is another flight from Amsterdam to Seattle, so we might as well be lucky enough to board it alongside our journalist Andrey "xeo" Yatsenko, who has been invited by Valve).
Internet access is very limited here in the airport, but we will do our best to inform you with latest updates on the Natus Vincere situation.
Xeozor 30 July 2013, 10:58 65201 9