(MENAFN - The Peninsula) By Mahtab Gheblehzadeh / The Peninsula
Doha: Qatar Airways and Indigo 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.
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.