Many flights were cancelled and a few others diverted due to bad weather conditions owing to cyclone Phailin in the east coast of India. It was a similar fate for those traveling via southern and eastern railways where train schedules were disrupted.
According to Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) records, Indigo was one of the first airlines to cancel two flights to Bhubaneshwar. JetLite also cancelled two flights; one morning flight to Bhubaneshwar and another scheduled to travel from Kolkata to Mumbai via Visakhapatnam and Bangalore. The decision to cancel the flights were taken after deliberations with airline management.
The airlines sent regular updates to the passengers about the developments of their flight schedules. Passengers who were affected due to the cancelations will not be charged for rebooking a flight or for cancellations.
Similarly, East Coast Railways says the CST Mumbai–Bhubaneswar Express which left Mumbai on Friday will end its journey at Rajahmundry instead of Bhubaneshwar. Passengers looking to travel to the final stop will be transported to Bhubaneshwar using other means.
As of Saturday evening, Central Railway officials said they had not cancelled any trains. Officials said they would take a call based on prevailing conditions and communication from both the east coast and south central where the cyclone will be making a landfall.
Jet Airways and Indigo airlines cancelled afternoon and late evening flights to Bhubaneshwar. The airlines sent regular updates to the passengers about the changes in their flight schedules.
Passengers who were affected due to the cancelations will not be charged for rebooking a flight or for cancellations.