Qatar flights to and from Cochin suspended due to flooding

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09 Aug 2019 – 12:21

Qatar flights to and from Cochin suspended due to flooding

Planes are seen parked inside the flooded Cochin international airport following heavy rain, on the outskirts of Kochi, India, August 9, 2019. REUTERS/Sivaram

By Mahtab Gheblehzadeh / The Peninsula

UPDATE: Story updated with photo from the airport

Doha: Qatar Airways, Indigo and Air India Express have suspended its flights to and from Cochin airport till Sunday, August 11, 2019.

“Airport operations at Cochin Airport have been suspended until 11 August due to extreme flooding in the area. As a result, Qatar Airways has suspended all flights to and from Cochin until 11 August 2019. Passengers are advised to contact Qatar Airways 24-hour call centre on +974-4023-0000,” Qatar Airways said in a statement on its website.

Passengers are advised to contact Qatar Airways 24-hour call centre on +974-4023-0000.

Indigo, who also fly direct flights to and from Doha to Cochin, on their Twitter handle announced that all flights are cancelled and passengers can cancel or reschedule at no charges.

“#6EUpdate: Due to the flood situation in #Kochi, we’re experiencing high call traffic and you might have to face some wait time. Passengers who are scheduled to travel from 09-08 to 11-08-19 are requested to visit Plan B (link: http://bit.ly/2PTGKWM) bit.ly/2PTGKWM to cancel/reschedule at no charges,” airline said on twitter.

Air India Express who also fly direct flights to and from Doha to Cochin, on their Facebook page announced that all flights are canceled but passengers can avail an alternate flight to and from Thiruvananthapuram, and flights take off tonight around 12:30 AM.

“All our Kochi-Doha and Doha Kochi passengers are requested to avail the alternate Thiruvananthapuram Doha – Thiruvananthapuram service. PS:Thiruvananthapuram – Doha flight will depart tonight around 12:30 AM”

The original Cochin-Doha flight IX 0475, which originally departs from cochin at 23:30 will now depart from TRV at 3:30 (Aug 10)

The Doha-Cochin on Aug 10 IX 0476, which originally departs Doha at 02:15 will now depart Doha at 6:20 and will arrive at TRV at 13:20.

“Free modification/ full refund will be provided to the affected passengers booked to/ from KOCHI,” the airline said.

Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) authorities announced suspension of flight operations at 9 a.m. on Friday. The airport will resume operations at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

CIAL Director A.C.K.Nair said the decision to close the airport was taken after flood water reached the taxiway. “We first decided to shut it till midnight, but then extended the closure till Sunday looking at the rising water in Periyar river. At the moment, there is little water on the runway,” Nair told IANS.

Source : The Peninsula Qtar

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