Hyderabad: Several passengers who booked domestic flights to travel on May 25, were in for a rude shock when they found their tickets cancelled, while a few unlucky ones learnt this on reaching the Hyderabad airport, on Monday.
Around 50 domestic flights scheduled for operations at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad were cancelled. The development comes as a result of the Centre's last minute changes. In total, the Hyderabad airport managed 20 departures and 19 arrivals on day one.
Several distressed passengers took to Twitter to mark their displeasure after flights were cancelled at the eleventh hour. They had booked their tickets to different destinations after the Ministry of Civil Aviation announced resumption of domestic air services from Monday.
In a tweet, a passenger Vaishnavi said, “My flight for Hyderabad tomorrow has been cancelled suddenly. Made all the arrangements, paid advance money for cab!! Now i get this message. What's happening. [email protected]”
Meanwhile, as a precautionary measure, the RGIA authorities conducted thermal scanning of passengers from the ramp. Contact-less boarding, automatic hand dispensers, and staggered seating arrangements have also been arranged. Passengers have also been encouraged to utilize check-in at home or use self-service facilities such as contact-less self-check-in facility, self-bag tag facility, and scan and fly facility.
The first flight that departed from Hyderabad was TruJet’s 2T 623, which took off at 8.06 AM with 12 passengers on board to Vidyanagar in Karnataka. AirAsia India I5 1576 was the first arrivals flight of the day, which landed at 8.20 AM today from Bangalore with 106 passengers bound for Hyderabad.
The domestic flights that were handled today include destinations such as Bombay, Bangalore, Delhi, Vidyanagar (Karnataka); Jaipur (Rajasthan); Raipur (Chhattisgarh); Kolhapur (Maharashtra); Jharsuguda (Odisha); Cochin (Kerala); Surat (Gujarat); Ranchi (Jharkhand); Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh); Belgaum (Karnataka); Ahmedabad (Gujarat); Chennai (Tamil Nadu) and Pune (Maharashtra). TruJet, AirAsia India, IndiGo, Alliance Air, SpiceJet, Vistara and Air India were the airlines that provided these flights.