Chennai, Dec 3: As rains continue to create havoc in Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu, many airlines have waived cancellation charges. The flight operations at Chennai airport remain completely closed till Sunday, Dec 6 morning.
On Thursday, Dec 3, the national carrier Air India announced, "In view of natural calamity in Tamil Nadu, AirIndia to waive applicable penalties of re issuance, date change, no-show, cancellation and refund charges for any travel from / to / via Chennai (MAA) for both domestic and international flights, on all tickets issued on/before 2nd December 2015, for the travel on/before Tuesday, December 15, 2015."
In its travel update, Jet Airways also issued a statement saying, "all flight operations at Chennai airport have been suspended until 1200 hours of Sunday, December 6, 2015."
IndiGo said, "In view of severe MAA conditions, we are offering waiver in change /cancellation fee for travel booked to & fro Chennai, where travel commences on or before 15th December. We will also honor the same ticket to be moved to nearest airports Bengaluru, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Trivandrum and Kochi at no additional charge . For quick resolution, log on to goindigo.in and opt for Live Chat with our executive, tweet us @IndiGo6E or call us at 09910383838 / 0124 6613838."
"Due to heavy rain at Chennai, to & fro flights have been cancelled for December 3rd and 4th. Kindly live chat on our website or call us at 09910383838 or +911246613838 for assistance", the IndiGo said.
GoAir, in its statement said, "All operations at Chennai airport have been stopped due to waterlogging on the runway. This is likely to be extended further. All flights to and from Chennai are cancelled till Sunday, Dec 6,2015, 0600 hours."
AirAsia India, in its notice said, "We wish to notify guests about the update received on closure of Chennai International Airport. It will remain closed till 1200 Hrs IST of 06 Dec 2015 due to the bad weather condition.
As a result of the airport's temporary closure, all AirAsia flights (Flight Code: AK & FD) to/from Chennai are cancelled. AirAsia will continue to be in close coordination with related authorities, and will keep guests informed
Affected guests will be notified via their registered email address and SMS of their latest flight status and the options made available to them."
Air India to operate special flight to Arrakonam from Hyderabad
Government-owned Air India today said it will operate a special flight to the Arrakonam Naval Air Station from Hyderabad to ferry the stranded passengers, who have been airlifted from Chennai airport by the IAF choppers.
The special flight AI- 564 was expected to take off from Hyderabad for Arrakonam Naval Air Station at around 1530 hours, an Air India spokesperson said.
With the Chennai airport closed till December 6 following heavy rains and flood, Air India had successfully landed an Airbus A320 carrying passengers from Hyderabad at the Rajali Naval Air Station at Arakkonam last evening.
Air India said that the special flight will carry 30 of its personnel onboard for logistics, adding the flight would bring back 130 passengers who have been evacuated from the Chennai airport by the IAF personnel.
Earlier in the day, the airline had managed to transport 60 stranded passengers by road to Thiruvananthapuram while 35 passengers were accommodated in an IAF flight from Thambaram airbase.