Disasters bring out the best in people, and Indian airlines are no exception. Following the deadly earthquake in Nepal, all four Indian carriers operating to Kathmandu, Air India, IndiGo, Jet Airways and SpiceJet, are putting their best feet (or wings) forward, and pitching in to support the aid efforts directed towards the stricken Himalayan nation.
Indian carriers were amongst the first to commence flights once the green light was given at Kathmandu following the deadly quake. All four carriers are operating additional flights, along with the Indian armed forces, to evacuate people from Kathmandu.
Free transport of relief materials
All four airlines are transporting relief materials free of charge. SpiceJet and IndiGo have dedicated email addresses firstname.lastname@example.org and IndiGoReach@goindigo.in for this effort. Air India and Jet Airways require organisations to contact them and coordinate.
No fee re-scheduling
All airlines are waiving the re-scheduling and/or cancellation fees for flights to and from Kathmandu for the short term.
Air India offers low fares
National carrier Air India is offering special one way fares of Rs 4,700 between Kathmandu and New Delhi, Kolkata, and Varanasi.
Support Rotary in their efforts
I urge readers of Bangalore Aviation to contribute to the relief efforts. Contact your nearest Rotary Club to see how you can help. Use the Club Finder on Rotary’s website to find your nearest Rotary Club.