Domestic aviation major SpiceJet has put into the service an additional 76 flights to help passengers affected by the floods in Kerala which has resulted in the closure of the Kochi airport. Effective from 17th August 2018, the airline is operating new and additional direct flights on the routes of Chennai-Thiruvanathapuram, Bengaluru-Kozhikode, Male-Thiruvananthapuram, Bengaluru-Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode-Chennai, and Dubai-Kozhikode. SpiceJet will be deploying a mix of both Boeing 737 and Q400 on these routes.
The new flights are expected to lend a strong hand to the rescue operations that are currently on after the Kerala deluge, termed as ‘one of the worst in decades’, left thousands stranded. SpiceJet is also offering passengers booked on flights to and from Kochi a full refund on cancellations, waiver of change fees and fare difference for the same sector and for booking an alternate flight for the next 10 days from date of travel. Passengers have also been offered the option to take flights out of Coimbatore, Madurai, Tuticorin, Calicut and Trivandrum.