After the deluge in Kerala, Kochi airport resumes operations today

Mumbai: With the Cochin international airport set to resume operations on Wednesday, private carriers Jet Airways and Indigo said that they will restart services which were discontinued from August 14 after the airport was shut down due to flooding in Kerala.

Since the seventh busiest airport in the country had become non-functional, it forced the government to allow commercial flights from the Naval facility in the heart of the city from August 20.

The airport authorities had first announced keeping the facility shut till August 18, which was later extended to 26 and further to 29 as water levels continued to rise inundating the runway, the terminals as well as the large solar farm surrounding the airport.

The DGCA asked airlines to divert Kochi bound flights to the other airports in the state in Thiruvanathapuram or Kozhikode or Coimbatore in the neighbouring Tamil Nadu and Mangalore in Karnataka.

“Jet Airways will resume its scheduled operations to Cochin International Airport (CIAL) from August 29. The airline’s first flight to Kochi (9W 0403 from Mumbai) is scheduled to arrive at 15:50 hrs,” said a statement from the carrier.

Jet also said that it continues relief efforts in support of the flood-affected people in the state, adding the carrier airlifted over 17 tonne of relief material free of cost.

The airline has also extended its waiver for passengers holding confirmed tickets and travelling into and out of the airport till tomorrow and guest can change dates up to September 15 from the original travel date, it added.

Indigo also said it will resume services from 1400 hrs on Wednesday from the Kochi, the airline said in a tweet.

The CIAL had said on Monday, “the airport will commence full-scale operations (both international and domestic) at 2 pm on August 29.” It is estimated that the CIAL suffered at least Rs 220 crore losses due to the fortnight-long closure of operations.

(With inputs from PTI)