Kerala flights update from Ministry of Civil Aviation
Due to the Flood in Kerala region in view of closure of Cochin airport and to ensure that the passengers are not inconvenienced, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has requested to scheduled domestic airlines to mount additional flights. there were 71 Arrivals and 74 departures, Out of 71 arrivals and 74 departures of scheduled domestic airlines to/from Cochin, 23 arrivals and 24 departures have been rescheduled and additional 19 arrivals/departures have been mounted to/from Trivandrum, Calicut and Coimbatore airports. 9 foreign carriers operating to Cochin have also rescheduled their flights to/from Trivandrum.
Scheduled domestic airlines have also been advised to ensure that Airfares for flights to/from Trivandrum and Calicut airports in Kerala and nearby airports i.e. Mangalore and Coimbatore are kept at optimal level proportionate to sector distance so that travelling public is not inconvenienced. Accordingly, airlines have been requested to cap the maximum fare around INR 10,000 on longer routes and around 8000 on shorter routes to/from Kerala and nearby airports.
In addition, DGCA is constantly monitoring airfares on 32 direct routes operating to/from Trivandrum, Calicut, Coimbatore and Mangalore. Ups and Downs in airfare on few routes have been observed. Concerned airlines have been advised to restrict the airfare on these flights.
24×7 Control Room Set-Up:
DGCA(Directorate General of Civil Aviation) has also Assembled a meeting with higher management of domestic airlines with this regard. there is a planning of control room set up by DGCA is working 24×7. Passenger related issues pertaining to refund of air ticket, rescheduling of flight, alternate options available to them are being addressed by the Control Room.