Airlines waive cancellation charges in view of Maharashtra protests

03 January 2018, 07:51 AM
(PTI)
(PTI)

Domestic carriers, including the government-owned Air India, have waived charges for ticket cancellations and no-show due to the ongoing unrest in parts of Maharashtra.

Air India said it will not charge any fee for cancellation of tickets or rescheduling of a journey to/from Mumbai on January 3.

Air India has decided to waive ticket cancellation/ rescheduling charges for its flights to and from Mumbai for Wednesday, a senior airline official said.

Several towns and cities in Maharashtra were on edge on Tuesday as Dalit protests against violence in Pune spilt over to capital Mumbai, with agitators damaging scores of buses, and disrupting road and rail traffic, officials said.

Clashes between Dalit groups and supporters of right-wing Hindu organisations during the 200th-anniversary celebrations of the Bhima-Koregaon battle in Pune district had left a man dead on Monday.

Private carrier Jet Airways also has extended the waiver to its customers till January 3.

"Due to the ongoing unrest in Mumbai, Aurangabad and Pune, Jet Airways has extended the waiver for travel date January 3, 2018. Hence, date/flight change, refund, no-show penalties and fare difference if any, are waived off on all the confirmed tickets issued for flights into/out of Mumbai, Pune and Aurangabad for travel date January 3, 2018," Jet Airways said in a statement on Tuesday.

Budget carrier IndiGo said it will be providing change and cancellation fee waiver for flights to and from Mumbai and also Pune for Wednesday.

Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) leader Prakash Ambedkar has called for a `Maharashtra bandh' on Wednesday to protest the state government's "failure" to stop the violence at Bhima Koregaon village in Pune district Monday.

The event to mark the 200th anniversary of the Bhima Koregaon battle in Pune district, in which forces of the East India Company defeated Peshwa's army, was marred by incidents of violence in which one person was killed. 

First Published: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 07:44 AM
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