Flight services between Pune and Kolkata will remain affected till Sunday morning as Kolkata airport has suspended operations due to the effect of Cyclone Bulbul. Several flights between the two cities have been cancelled and passengers are looking for other travel options.
On Saturday, officials from Airports Authority of India (AAI) said due to very severe Cyclone Bulbul, operations at Kolkata airport were being suspended from 6 pm on November 9 to 6 am on November 10.
IndiGo too issued a statement, “Severe to very severe cyclonic storm currently moving from the Bay of Bengal towards Kolkata area reaching by late Saturday evening. Indigo has implemented proactive cancellations. The peak hours of the cyclone is expected from Saturday, November 9, 10 pm, until Sunday, November 10, 4 am. All passengers of the affected domestic flights are being notified and alternate arrangements being offered.”
SpiceJet said the airline will issue a refund. “In view of Cyclone Bulbul, SpiceJet is offering a full refund and waiver of cancellation/change fee (fare difference applicable) for the flights to/from Kolkata for travel till November 10.”
Several passengers who booked ticket between Pune and Kolkata had asked for refund. A source linked to airline services (Spice and Indigo) said the flights were cancelled and passengers were informed through text messages as well.
Due to dense fog on Saturday, several flights scheduled for arrival and departure got delayed. The passengers were stranded at the airport terminal. Poor visibility also led one flight to be diverted to Mumbai. A total of five flights scheduled for arrival and departure were delayed.
Pune airport director Ajay Kumar said, “There was a heavy fog in the morning. Due to low visibility, some flights were affected.”