As Omicron continues to threaten world health, leading low-cost carrier IndiGo has declared the suspension of most of its flights between Delhi, Mumbai, and three major airports of West Bengal namely; Kolkata, Durgapur, and Bagdogra for three months.
West Bengal government
The statement comes after the West Bengal government restricts the flights to Kolkata from Delhi and Mumbai and told that the flights to Kolkata will be allowed to operate only twice a week– on Monday and Friday with impact from January 5.
Operations are limited to only 2 days a week
” IndiGo also added that the remaining flights on these six routes will be canceled for the next three months. The airline has become the first carrier to curb the operations in the wake of a spike in Covid cases across the country.
State government guidelines
- Notably, IndiGo at present is operating around 25 daily flights between Delhi and Kolkata and 15 daily flights between Mumbai and Kolkata. Now, as per the state government guidelines, the airline will only be able to work on these routes on Monday, Friday and thus the limited ability may lead to an inflationary effect on the airfares on these routes.
Flight is canceled or rescheduled?
IndiGo in its press release also told that it will be reaching out to passengers and informing them of the cancellation and their options. As of now, it is in the process of informing the affected passengers. IndiGo customers can also click on Plan B: flight is canceled or rescheduled? Worry not to select an alternate flight or claim refunds.
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More than 3,000 flights were canceled almost the world on Sunday, more than half of the U.S. flights, adding to the toll of holiday week travel disruptions due to adverse weather and the surge in coronavirus cases caused by the Omicron variant.
Over 3,300 flights had been canceled by noon GMT on Sunday, including over 1,900 enterings, departing from or within the United States, according to a running tally on the tracking website FlightAware.com. Including those delayed but not canceled, more than 4,800 flights were delayed in total.
The Christmas and New Year holidays were typically a peak time for air travel, but the rapid spread of the highly transmissible Omicron variant had led to a sharp increase in COVID-19 infections, forcing airlines to cancel flights as pilots and crew quarantine
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