The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has cancelled for 24 hours starting May 3 midnight all flights to and from Bhubaneswar in view of the Cyclone Fani threat over the Bay of Bengal.
It has also issued an advance order to cancel all flights to and from Kolkata between 9.30 pm on May 3 and 6 pm on May 4.
“All airlines and operators are informed that due to approaching severe cyclonic storm Fani, flights to and from Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar will be cancelled between 12 a.m. on May 3 to 11.59 p.m. on May 4. Flights from Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata will be cancelled between 9.30 p.m. on May 3 to 6 p.m. on May 4,” said a statement issued by the DGCA .
“Resumption of the flight will be with positive clearance from respective air traffic control,” it added.
For safety of air passengers from/ to @aaibpiairport & @aaikolairport, DGCA has issued operational advisory to Airlines/ Operators. We wish all the passengers to be safe & alert. #CyclonicStormFANI pic.twitter.com/0jyzds82JY
— Ministry of Civil Aviation (@MoCA_GoI) May 2, 2019
Airlines Air India and GoAir have waived cancellation and change charges for flights to and from Bhubaneswar.
“In view of cyclone ‘Fani’, passengers travelling to and from Bhubaneswar, Kolkata and Ranchi might be inconvenienced. GoAir is waiving cancellation and change fees for Bhubaneswar, Kolkata and Ranchi flights for travel between May 2, 2019 to May 5, 2019,” GoAir said in a statement.
“Passengers are allowed to re-book their flights within 7 days of scheduled departure,” it added.
Air India tweeted: “#FlyAI : Due to #CycloneFani all #AirIndia flights to/from #Bhubaneswar havebeen #cancelled for tomorrow (May3 2019).Applicable penalties of re-issuance,datechange,no-show, cancellation & refund charges waived off on all tickets fortravel to/from #Bhubaneswar frm 3rd-5th May 19′.”
Train services on the Bhubaneswar-Howrah and Bhubaneswar- Vizag routes have been cancelled too.