The Kochi Airport had remained closed for more than a fortnight due to flooded conditions after incessant rainfall in Kerala since past two weeks. The water has now started receding in most regions and the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) announced that all of its flight operations have been resumed from today, 2PM onwards.
The seventh busiest airport of India, the Cochin International Airport, better known as Kochi airport was non-functional since August 14 following the extremely flooded conditions in Kerala due to rainfall. The CAIL has claimed to resume operations from August 18th, but due to continuous unprecedented rainfall, the airport authorities had postponed it to 26th and further 29th. Meanwhile, most flights were diverted to other airports including the Thiruvanathapuram and Kozhikode or Coimbatore as well as Mangalore airports, important commercial flight operations were carried out from the naval base located in Kochi since August 20.
The water has started to recede in most regions of flooded Kerala, the Kochi airport was prepared for resuming normal flight operations from today, 2 PM onwards. The airport is now functioning normally after remaining completely closed since 16 days and a Jet Airways flight arrived from Mumbai to Kochi at 3:20 PM. Another private airline operator Indigo has also announced to resume normal flight schedule from today. Indigo has also confirmed that they will ensure cancellation and rescheduling waiver to passengers travelling to and from Kochi, till 10 September 2018 for bookings made before 22 August 2018.
Furthermore, Jet Airways has extended its waiver for passengers holding confirmed tickets and travelling into and out of the airport till today and reschedule till September 15th. Jet Airways has also announced to continue helping in flood relief ops in the state, bundling up to the 17 tonnes of relief that the airline airlifted. CIAL faced a total loss of Rs 220 crore just due to closed flight operations, but with resumption, the losses will soon be covered.