Eid travel chaos: UAE-Kochi flights diverted as Kerala braves monsoon deluge

Eid travel chaos: UAE-Kochi flights diverted as Kerala braves monsoon deluge
Published: 10 August 2019 - 9 a.m.
By: AVB Staff

Flight operations at Kochi's Cochin International Airport (COK) have been suspended as its apron is flooded, following heavy rains in Kerala, India. The airport will be closed until 1500 IST Sunday, August 11.

Flights between UAE airports and Kochi have either been cancelled or diverted to Thiruvananthapuram's Trivandrum Internatioonal Airport.

UAE’s Etihad Airways and India’s Air India, have waived charges for changes in flight bookings. Emirates tweeted that additional flights will be operated from Trivandrum International Airport.

“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.

“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.”
Incessant rains resulting in flooding and landslides have claimed 42 lives in Kerala so far, Indian news agency PTI reported. Thousands have been forced to leave their homes to take shelter in one of the 988 relief camps set up by the state government.

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