Airlines make special concessions for evacuating Tourists, Yatries

by: Umar Khurshid

Srinagar: As tourists and pilgrims are flying back home from Kashmir following the government order advising to curtail their stay and leave the valley on an immediate basis,  a number of airlines have decided to give a full fee waiver on rescheduling and cancellation for all its flights for next couple of days.

A group of non-locals at TRC Srinagar on August 3, 2019. Kl Image by Bilal Bahadur

The airlines including Vistara, Spicejet and IndiGo have decided to give a full fee waiver on rescheduling and cancellation for all its flights to and from Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir till August 9. The decision was taken in view of the prevailing situation in the state.

Tourists rush to Srinagar airport on Saturday after ‘Leave Valley’ advisory issued by the government on Friday.

Media reports suggest that airlines operating from Srinagar have been advised to remain ready to operate additional flights if the need arises.

On Friday evening, IndiGo said on Twitter, “In view of the current security situation in Srinagar and the Government advisory regarding it, we are providing a full fee waiver on rescheduling/cancellation for all flights to/from Srinagar till Aug 09, 2019.”

Vistara tweeted, “Due to prevailing security situation in Kashmir, we are waiving change and cancellation fees for flights to/from Jammu and Kashmir for next seven days (till August 9, 2019). Only fare difference, if any, will be applicable for date changes.”

As the students of National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar, are ready to fly back home, the Deputy Commissioner Srinagar stated that no instruction was passed by the district administration to suspend the routine classwork at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar.

Taking to his twitter handle, DC Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Chaudhary wrote; “In wake of unstoppable rumours, heads of all institutions were advised in the day to remain careful.  No advise/instructions for shutting down any institution.  This NIT notice is apparently a miscommunication.

In another tweet, he wrote: “In #Srinagar district we have sufficient stocks of all essentials including food, fuels and medicines. Roads are open, replenishment is routine. People are requested to avoid hoarding and panic shopping.”

Meanwhile, ANI tweeted that Air India too has decided to give a full fee waiver on rescheduling/cancellation for all its flights to and from Srinagar, J&K, till August 15.

Similarly, a huge rush is being witnessed at various places like banks, ATMs, bus and Taxi stands, particularly in Srinagar district.

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