It is unfortunate that Kerala has to go through such a disaster. Kerala is witnessing such a massive flood affecting almost all the districts and majority of the population. The shutters of about 24 dams have been opened so far, including all the shutters of the Idukki dam, which is the largest arch dam in Asia. The Kerala government and the disaster management authority acted swiftly and have managed the situation very effectively so far. Rescue operations are underway with the help of the army. Kerala Floods are now under control.
People of Kerala are suffering with huge loss. During this disaster, airline companies are taking part in rescue operations and starting their services early to help people. ir India is likely to press bigger aircraft into service for flight operations to Kerala to help deliver relief material and clear passenger backlog. The closure of flood-hit Kochi airport since August 16 has led to the cancellation of hundreds of flights.
An official said they were in touch with those coordinating the delivery of relief materials. He added they have offered to operate Boeing Dreamliners in case they want to deliver the materials to Thiruvananthapuram. Dreamliners are long-haul, twin-engine planes, whose variants can seat up to 335 passengers.
Aviation regulator DGCA is monitoring airfares for flights connecting Kerala Floods hit area but it should not be seen by airlines as micro-management by the government as this is a unique situation of ‘humanitarian crisis’, Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said today (August 21, 2018).
Airlines have been requested to cap the maximum fare
Airlines have been requested to cap the maximum fare to around Rs. 10,000 on longer routes and around Rs. 8,000 on shorter routes to and from Kerala and nearby airports during Kerala Floods. The Central government has also asked domestic airlines to keep a check on airfares for flights operating to and from Kerala. According to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, airfare on 18 domestic routes is being monitored.
On Tuesday (August 21 2018), IndiGo airlines followed Alliance Air’s footsteps to ferry passengers from the Naval Base. “Reviewing the current flood situation in Kerala, we will operate three daily additional relief flights to and from Kochi Naval Base effective August 21, 2018 to August 26, 2018,” it informed. On Tuesday, IndiGo airlines has followed Alliance Air’s footsteps to ferry passengers from the Naval Base. “Reviewing the current flood situation in Kerala, we will operate three daily additional relief flights to and from Kochi Naval Base effective August 21, 2018 to August 26, 2018,” it informed. IndiGo will be having three in-bound flights to Kochi—two from Bengaluru and one from Chennai. In addition, there will be three flights from Kochi—two to Bengaluru and one to Chennai.
Kerala is a highly populated state (population density is more than 3 times compared to that of national average) and is geographically made up of a narrow strip of land lying between the tall mountains of Western Ghats and the Arabian sea. So whatever encroachments made so far had only a negligible impact in this and the main reasons behind the floods are the geographical specialty of Kerala and the record rainfall it has been receiving these days.
We hope that Kerala will be able to overcome this flood too just like it has done many times in the past.