Kochi airport to resume today ops after 16 days

Kochi airport to resume today ops after 16 days

Courtesy : Agencies30/08/2018 08:53

The Kochi international airport, the busiest of Kerala’s three airports, is set to resume operations from 2 pm on Wednesday, almost two weeks after it was shut down as its key areas were submerged in the worst floods to hit the state in a century.

The airport was scheduled to commence operations on August 26, but Cochin International Airport Limited extended the date by three days after airlines and ground handling agencies said they will be unable to mobilise manpower by that date. The airport was first closed on August 9, for a few hours, and then from August 15.

The airlines were notified regarding the resumption of operations and asked to make sure the smooth functioning of the services as per the schedule. Their websites have already started facilitating the journey planner for passengers from and on August 29.

Private carriers Jet Airways and Indigo announced said they will restart services to Kochi airport from Wednesday.“Jet Airways will resume its scheduled operations to Cochin International Airport (CIAL) from August 29. The airline’s first flight to Kochi (9W 0403 from Mumbai) is scheduled to arrive at 15:50 hrs (3.50 pm),” Jet Airways said in a statement.

 Jet also said it continues relief efforts in the state, adding the carrier airlifted over 17 tonne of relief material free of cost.

The airline has also extended its waiver for passengers holding confirmed tickets and travelling into and out of the airport till Thursday and they can change dates up to September 15 from the original travel date, it added. Budget carrier Indigo also said it will resume services from 2 pm from Kochi, the airline said in a tweet.

Ongoing flight services from naval air station INS Garuda, which was opened to airlines in wake of the closure, will be suspended at 12 pm.

The airport operator had to rebuild the damaged infrastructure, including 2.5 km long airport wall that collapsed after water from the swollen Periyar river and its tributaries, which received an unprecedented amount of water released by major dams, entered the complex.

A CIAL official had said earlier the airport suffered an estimated loss of over Rs 220 crore in the floods.The runway, taxi bay, duty-free shops and other areas of international and domestic terminals were also submerged, causing damage to electrical equipment including runway lights, the official said.He said the Rs 60-crore solar power system, billed as one of the biggest in an airport, also suffered damage in the floods.

The airport, the seventh busiest in the country, had handled 10 million passengers in fiscal 2017-18.

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