Saturday, August 10, 2019

Kerala floods: UAE-Kochi flights diverted, charges waived for changes

Dubai: Plans to fly home for Eid holidays have gone haywire for Indian expats from Kerala after their flights were disrupted due to the closure of Cochin International Airport till Sunday due to heavy rains and flooding.

Airlines operating between UAE airports and Kochi have either cancelled or are diverting flights.

At least two airlines, UAE’s Etihad Airways and India’s Air India, have waived charges for changes in flight bookings.

“In view of runway closure in #Kochi, all applicable charges for re-validation/ re-issue/ cancellation and refund are waived from 09th-11th August, 2019 for Domestic and International travel to/ from Kochi,” Air India tweeted.

An official confirmed to Gulf News that this will be applicable to all flights belonging to Air India (AI) and Air India Express (AIE) operating on the UAE-Kochi route.

“Air India Dubai-Kochi flight has been cancelled till Sunday. We are trying to operate the AIE flight on August 9 and 10 from either Thiruvananthapuram or Calicut (Kozhikode) airports. As of now, our plane is to operate Abu Dhabi and Dubai flights via Thiruvananthapuram and Sharjah flight via Calicut. All these are subject to the operations at both the airports.”
09/08/19 Ashley Hammond/Sajila Saseendran/Gulf News


0 Comments: