Bharat Bandh: Airports, airlines’ ops not impacted


The Bharat Bandh called by farmer organizations on Tuesday had no effect on the country’s aviation sector, industry insiders said.

The farmers from Punjab, Haryana, and western Uttar Pradesh, who have been agitating over the bills, described them as “black laws” since November 26 at several borders of the national capital, has called for the ‘Bharat Bandh’ on Tuesday.

Besides the bandh, there was also a call for no vehicular movement — ‘Chakka Jam’ — across the nation from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

However, no impact was felt at airports across the country, with normal operations reported from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangaluru, and other airports.

An Airports Authority of India Spokesperson said that operations were not affected at any of the airports across the country.

Operations at the Delhi airport ran smoothly with flights being operated on schedule. Airlines also said that most of the flights operated on schedule.

“Operations are as per schedule,” an Air India spokesperson told IANS adding that flights operated on time.

A private airline official added: “No impact has been seen on our operations as of now. Passenger traffic was not reported to have been impacted across any station.”

Despite smooth operations, on their part, airlines had provisioned to waive rescheduling, no-show, who could not report for their flights amid traffic disruption caused due to the strike.

“For passengers who are unable to reach the Airport due to possible disturbance on 8th Dec’20, no-show charges will be waived and one free date change allowed for those with confirmed tickets for travel on 8th Dec’20 from any Indian Airport,” the national carrier said in a tweet.

Airline major IndiGo said: “In the wake of Bharat Bandh across the country, we are offering waivers in change or cancellation fee (fare difference applicable) for travel scheduled today i.e. 8th Dec 2020, to and from all domestic stations.”

“However, waivers will be given case on case basis only and as per the impact at the station. We are continuously monitoring the situation and will share further update in case of an extension.”

Meanwhile, usual activity was witnessed in the markets across the country. Other transportation services including those of goods all over the country also remained unaffected.


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