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Cyclone Fani: Airlines cancel flights to and from Bhubaneswar for 24 hrs

Indigo, GoAir cancel flights, Vistara waives off cancellation fee

Nirmalya Behera  |  Bhubaneswar 

A fisherman runs as he ensures to check the safety of fishing boats docked on the beach amidst a stormy weather, before Cyclone Fani makes landfall, in Puri, Odisha
A fisherman runs as he ensures to check the safety of fishing boats docked on the beach amidst a stormy weather, before Cyclone Fani makes landfall, in Puri, Odisha | Photo: PTI

Airlines, on Thursday, cancelled flights to and from Bhubaneswar's Biju Patnaik International Airport, due to the impending cyclonic storm Fani. The is expected to make landfall on Friday morning in district.

Special Relief commissioner Bishnupada Sethi has announced that there will be no flights to and from from Thursday midnight for the next 24 hours.

said it would cease operations on Thursday night and Friday. Airport authorities stated that all 24 flights scheduled for Friday at stood cancelled.

Similarly, flights, flying in and out of the city airport tomorrow, have also been cancelled. Two flights of were scheduled to arrive at and a similar number were to depart from the city airport.

is also waiving change and cancellation fee for Bhubaneswar and Kolkata flights for travel between May 2, 2019, and May 5, 2018. In a statement, the airline said that if there was any fare difference, it would be applicable for date changes.

"In light of expected (Fani), which is likely to impact Bhubaneswar and Kolkata on May 2 and May3, 2019, we are waiving change and cancellation fee for Bhubaneswar and Kolkata flights for travel between May 2 to May 5, 2019. Fare difference if any, will be applicable for date changes," read an official statement from

Union civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu has requested all airlines to offer all assistance for rescue and relief operations in view of the cyclonic storm.

“All relief material should be airlifted to be delivered to designated agencies. All of us in the aviation sector must rise to occasion,” Prabhu tweeted.

First Published: Thu, May 02 2019. 18:31 IST
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