Friday, August 17, 2018

Kerala: Flooded Cochin airport closed till August 26; DGCA caps flight fares

New Delhi: Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) has suspended its operations till August 26 owing to heavy rains in the region. This has led to all the flights at the airport being cancelled and has prompted airlines to make special arrangements for the passengers, including alternative flights to nearby airports.

The civil aviation ministry said that CIAL will not operate till August 26 due to rains and consequently, the Air Navigation Services wing of Airports Authority of India has issued NOTAM (notice to airmen). The civil aviation ministry and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) have also announced measures to address the issues that have arisen due to suspension of flight operations to and from Cochin airport. Aviation regulator — DGCA — has advised the airlines to cap the fare on Delhi-Thiruvananthapuram sector to Rs 10,000, and has also asked the airlines to keep the fares on other flights going to Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode in check. Eight domestic airlines — Air India, Air India Express, AirAsia India, Vistara, GoAir, IndiGo, Jet Airways and SpiceJet — fly to Cochin. Also, 12 foreign carriers — Oman Air, Saudia, FlyDubai, Jazeera Airways, Qatar Airways, Emirates, Malindo, AirAsia, Thai AirAsia, Scoot and Sri Lankan Airlines —fly to the airport.
“All scheduled domestic airlines have been advised to ensure that airfares for flights to/from Trivandrum and Calicut airports in Kerala are kept at optimal level proportionate to sector distance so that travelling public is not inconvenienced. Flights of foreign airlines viz. Air Arabia, Emirates, Etihad, FlyDubai, Jazeera, Oman Air, Qatar, Saudia Airlines and SriLankan have been rescheduled for Trivandrum airport. Foreign airlines viz. Air Asia Berhad, Gulf Air, Kuwait Airlines, Malindo, Scoot, Silk Air and Thai AirAsia have suspended their flights to/from Cochin,” the ministry said in an official statement.
17/08/18 Pranav Mukul/Indian Express

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