13 flights cancelled, flyers stuck at RGIA

Hyderabad: Chaos erupted at the city’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), on Friday, after at least 13 flights to Kolkata and Bhubaneshwar were cancelled—some at the last minute—owing to Cyclone Fani. The cascading effect adversely impacted other sectors that reported inordinate delays of up to seven hours, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded at the Shamshabad facility.
Among the destinations that took a hit were Pune, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Rajahmundry and Cochin, to name a few.
Frustrated over the delay, passengers booked on Goa Air’s flight, G8 626, to Kannur turned to social media to express their anguish. The flight, scheduled to depart from RGIA at 11am, eventually took off at 5.58pm.
Bad weather conditions in some parts of the country also led to the diversion of a Patna-Bengaluru flight to Hyderabad, while disrupting the arrival operations of multiple airlines.
Given the situation on Friday, passengers bombarded service providers with queries about their bookings to Kolkata and Bhubaneshwar, over the next few days. Dinesh Karn wrote: “@AirAsiaSupport Hi my flight is on 4th May from Kolkata to Hyderabad at 4:40 am flight no I5 510. I didn’t get any mail regarding delay or rescheduling. I tried to call customer care but they are not responding. What should I do. Shall I go to airport or not. (sic)”
While most operators remained non-committal and asked fliers to contact their customer service executives for updates, sources claimed that the disruptions are likely to continue over the next few days given the weather conditions across the country paired with the after effects of Cyclone Fani in Bhubaneshwar and Kolkata.


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