Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 19 August 2019

UAE airlines halt flights to Kochi as Kerala flooding hits airport

Flights suspended until at least Sunday

Members of a rescue team wade through floodwaters past a submerged temple during heavy rains on the outskirts of Kochi in the southern state of Kerala on August 8. Reuters
Members of a rescue team wade through floodwaters past a submerged temple during heavy rains on the outskirts of Kochi in the southern state of Kerala on August 8. Reuters

Flights from the UAE to the south Indian city of Kochi have been suspended due to severe flooding that closed its international airport.

Etihad Airways and Emirates issued advisory notices online, notifying travellers to check with their airline because of the disruption.

Air India Express has also announced cancellations to Cochin International Airport from the UAE.

Etihad is offering passengers an alternative destination of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala’s capital city.

"We apologise for any inconvenience this situation may have caused, and we remain committed to offering the highest level of service to our guests," a statement said.

Airport operations have been closed until at least 3pm on Sunday, August 11. The airport had been closed until midnight on Thursday, but that has since been extended.

More than 20,000 people have been displaced to temporary relief camps, after torrential rain, high winds and landslides hit the region.

The UAE Consulate General in Kerala also issued a warning to nationals in the region to follow local safety advice to stay safe in flooded areas.

Nationals visiting the country can contact the CG in case of emergency by calling 00919087777737 or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 80044444.

Updated: August 9, 2019 03:30 PM

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