The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Thursday issued an operational advisory for these two airports as Fani is feared to have a severe effect at these airports and at some other places too. “All airlines and operators are informed that due to approaching severe cyclonic storm Fani flights to/ from (Bhubaneswar and Kolkata) be cancelled (for different time periods as given above) in advance in order to avoid passenger inconvenience and safety of operations. Resumption of flights will be with positive clearance from the respective air traffic control,” says the DGCA advisory.
Accordingly, airlines have cancelled flights and waived off rebooking charges for some time.
IndiGo said in a statement: “Due to Cyclone Fani, IndiGo flights to or from Bhubaneshwar have been disrupted. Flights later in the evening on Thursday are likely to be affected and all flights operating on Friday stands cancelled. We are accommodating passengers to next available flights at no additional charge, waiving off cancellation fee and refunding full amount. All change /cancellation notification has been informed to passengers in advance. We will continue to review the situation and provide real time updates on our social platforms.”
Budget carrier GoAir said: ” In view of cyclone Fani, passengers travelling to and from Bhubaneswar, Kolkata and Ranchi might be inconvenienced… flights to-and-from Bhubaneswar have been cancelled for Friday. GoAir is waiving cancellation and change fees for Bhubaneswar, Kolkata and Ranchi flights for travel between Thursday Sunday (May 5). Passengers are allowed to re-book their flights within 7 days of scheduled departure.”
News credit : Indiatimes