Omicron Impact: Indigo Cancels 20% Of All Flights; Air India Offers Free Date Change
Amid the rising Covid-19 cases across the country, airline companies are bearing the most losses, as people are getting cautious of traveling and the ones who booked their air tickets are now re-scheduling their travel plans.
As a result, India’s low-cost airline IndiGo informed on Sunday that it will cancel around 20% of its scheduled flights as Omicron cases are on the rise in the country.
Moreover, the airline carrier will also waive change fees for customers, until March 31.
Besides, in order to aid customer needs, Air India is offering ‘One Free Change’ of date or flight number or sector for domestic tickets with confirmed travel till March 31, states a report.
IndiGo Provides Free Change Fees
As the Omicron numbers have started to surge, people are rescheduling their travel plans and switching to different flight dates. In the process, airlines incur a fee to change flights to a different date, termed as change fees.
IndiGo has announced to do away with the change fees until March 31.
The airline stated in a press release, “In response to customer needs, IndiGo is waiving change fees and is offering free changes for all new and existing bookings made up to January 31, for flights up to March 31, 2022.”
As the demand is falling short, the carrier will also cancel upto 20% of its scheduled flights, IndiGo informed on Sunday.
“Where possible, cancellation of flights will be done at least 72 hours in advance and customers will be moved to the next available flight and will also be able to change their travel through the use of Plan B (section) on our website,” the press release added.
Air India’s ‘One Free Change’ Offer
With passengers rescheduling their flights amid rising Covid-19 cases, national carrier AIr India is offering a ‘One Free Change’ of date or flight number or sector for domestic tickets with confirmed travel till March 31, stated ANI report.
The carrier tweeted on Sunday, “#FlyAI: In view of recent uncertainties due to surge in Covid cases, Air India is offering ONE FREE CHANGE of date or flight number or sector for all domestic tickets (098) with confirmed travel on/before 31.03.22.”
Amid a surge in the Covid-19 cases, the Central government on Friday announced a seven-day mandatory home quarantine for all international arrivals in the country.
As per the order issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday, travellers from specified countries at risk will at first, submit a sample for the post-arrival Covid-19 test at the point of arrival (self-paid). Such travellers will be required to wait for their test results at the arrival airport before leaving or taking a connecting flight, added the report.