Protest against CAA results in several flight cancellations in New Delhi

- A Monitor Desk Report 21 Dec, 2019 | 1253 Views|-+
Dhaka: Nation-wide protest against Indian Government’s Citizenship (Amendment) Act has led to cancellations of several flights and delay of 24 flights from Delhi Airport on December 19.

IndiGo has cancelled 19 flights, after its crew members got stuck in traffic jam, also due to other issues. Eight Air India flights had also been delayed on the same day.

"Due to traffic restrictions and to accommodate passengers reaching late to the airport, we have rescheduled and curtailed our schedule in and out of Delhi by approximately 20 departures," IndiGo said in a statement, adding that this accounts for about 10 per cent of its total flights out of the capital.

Massive traffic jams were reported in many parts of the national capital as the Delhi Police imposed traffic restrictions. The police had already imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 that bar an assembly of more than four people around Red Fort.

Traffic congestion has been reported at the Delhi-Gurugram border on National Highway 48 due to barricading by Delhi Police.

"In view of the current heavy traffic congestion along the Gurugram-Delhi highway, resulting in inconvenience to passengers, reissue/no-show/cancellation and refund charges for all domestic and international tickets for travel from Delhi on December 19 shall be waived," tweeted Air India.

Budget airlines Vistara assures its customers that those who miss flight due to traffic congestion in Delhi-Gurugram highway will be accommodated on next Vistara flight. Passengers do not need to pay any extra charge.

The day started with the cancellations of several flight travelling to and from Delhi due to poor visibility. Low visibility procedures are implemented at Delhi Airport in the morning, said Delhi Airport in a statement.

Delhi Airport has also issued an advisory mentioning that flights might get impacted due to crew operational limitations.

SpiceJet too has issued travel advisory for its customers. Passengers are asked to track flight status and keep an eye on live traffic while travelling to Delhi airport.

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