Cochin: Unprecedented rains in Kerala since August 8 have triggered landslides and floods, resulting in the deaths of at least 94 people, while displacing thousands of others.
Operations at the Cochin Airport have been affected as it got flooded on August 15. The latest Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) states that the airport is closed for operations till 8:30 UTC ( 2:00 pm IST) of August 26, 2018.
Airlines like Vistara and Indigo have announced operations of their Cochin flights to and from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), till August 26. Vistara does not operate from Trivandrum, but owing to the rains, has decided to make special arrangements to provide their customers with an option to be at a driving distance to Cochin.
The airline announced that flights will operate from Delhi and Chennai and the fare of one-way Economy class ticket would be capped at Rs 10,000 or Rs 7,500 respectively.
A statement by IndiGo read, “Flight operations to and from Kochi stand cancelled for now. Meanwhile, IndiGo will operate additional flights from Chennai, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, and Thiruvananthapuram from August 17. IndiGo will ensure to provide cancellation and rescheduling waiver to passengers booked to travel from August 16 to August 26. We are also liaising with local partners to transport relief material for affected people.”
As per latest report, all flights to Trivandrum and Calicut have operated till now, other than one Indigo flight from Doha to Calicut, which was diverted to Bengaluru.
Go Air has cancelled six of its flights to and from Cochin till August 18, 2018 and has not rescheduled them.
The Go Air customers have been notified about the altered flight schedule via phone calls, SMS and emails, informed the COO of Go Air. While the airline has initiated a full refund process for the customers, some of the passengers have been given the option of changing their travel to future flights.
(With inputs from Agencies)