December 9, 2016 8:45:10 pm
National carrier Air India today extended the waiver period for cancellation, rescheduling and other related charges for its flight to and fro Port Blair by three more days till December 12. Earlier on Wednesday, the Government carrier had said it has decided to waive all cancellations, rescheduling and other related charges till today for travel to and from Port Blair due to cyclonic weather conditions in the Andaman and Nicobar islands.
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“Waiver on applicable penalties of re-issuance, date change, no-show, and cancellation and refund charges has been extended for travel from/to Port Blair, The waiver is applicable for both domestic and international flights, on all tickets issued on or before December 9 for travel period during December 6 to December 12,” the airline said in a statement.
Cyclonic weather conditions caused by a severe depression over southeast Bay of Bengal, led to heavy rainfall, strong winds and rough sea conditions over the past three days.
A fleet of seven ships and six helicopters evacuated most of the 1,400 tourists stranded in Havelock and Neil islands in South Andamans due to cyclonic weather since Monday, officials said today.
As the weather cleared in the morning, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force and union territory administration started a joint evacuation drive and brought back most of the stranded tourists to Port Blair from Havelock and Neil islands.
Other carriers such as Vistara, IndiGo and GoAir have have also waived all such charges for their flights to the island.
While full service carrier Vistara and GoAir have decided not to impose such charges for their flights to and fro Port Blair till December 12, IndiGo has offered the facility till December 10.
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