Airlines cancel flights to Assam amid ongoing unrest over Citizenship Bill
All airlines have cancelled or rescheduled their flights to Assam which is seeing a violent unrest against the passage of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019 by the Parliament. The airlines - Vistara, GoAir, Spicejet and IndiGo - are giving full refund to the passengers who can also opt for an alternate flight without any charge.
IndiGo, Vistara, Air India, SpiceJet are among the carriers that have cancelled their flights, while GoAir and AirAsia India announced waiving date change fee.
The development comes amid widespread protests across the state against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
Against the backdrop of the unrest, a few Guwahati and Dibrugarh-bound flights have been cancelled on Thursday, an IndiGo spokesperson said in a statement.
"We are operating relief flights at capped fares for passengers who are currently at these locations," the statement said.
The budget airline has waived rescheduling/cancellation for passengers travelling to and from Guwahati, Dibrugarh and Jorhat till December 13.
In a tweet, full service carrier Vistara said it has cancelled flights "as per government advice due to current disturbances in Assam".
"Flights UK725 (IXB-DIB) and UK726 (DIB-IXB) are cancelled for today. We are offering free change/ cancellation to Guwahati and Dibrugarh flights through Sunday, December 15," it said.
Due to prevailing situation in Assam, flights to/from Dibrugarh are cancelled for today (12th Dec, 2019). Please vi… https://t.co/0HhRIhDNGK— IndiGo (@IndiGo6E) 1576125155000
An Air India spokesperson said that only its flights between Kolkata and Dibrugarh have been cancelled.
"GoAir is offering waiver on date change fees/rescheduling of tickets for travel to and from Guwahati till Dec 13," the Mumbai-based budget carrier said in a statement on Thursday.
No-frills airline AirAsia India said that due to the ongoing unrest, it would be waiving rescheduling/ cancellation fee for guests travelling to/ from Agartala (Tripura) and Guwahati until December 13.
The fare difference, if any, would be applicable, the carrier said in a tweet.
Calls and messages to Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola seeking comments on the ministry's advisory to cancel flights to Assam did not elicit any immediate response.
#TravelUpdate Due to ongoing unrest in Assam, SpiceJet is offering full refund and waiver of cancellation/change fe… https://t.co/mNbfyTIxUL— SpiceJet (@flyspicejet) 1576088482000
Assam has been witnessing unrest in the wake of protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), which was passed by Parliament on Wednesday.
The proposed amendments seek to grant citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan facing persecution there. Guwahati, the epicentre of anti-CAB protests, was placed under indefinite curfew on Wednesday night while the Army was called in at four places.
#GoAlert: Due to the ongoing unrest situation in #Assam, we're offering fee waiver on cancellation/rescheduling (fa… https://t.co/4uIpo2URdA— GoAir (@goairlinesindia) 1576089279000
#TravelUpdate Due to the ongoing unrest in Assam, we are waiving rescheduling/cancellation fee to the customers tra… https://t.co/FJA5auXz4o— Vistara (@airvistara) 1576076224000