Storm batters Vizag airport, SilkAir suspends flights

Storm batters Vizag airport, SilkAir suspends flights
The damaged roof of the airport terminal is pictured in Visakhapatnam on October 13, 2014.

Visakhapatnam is still coming to grips with the havoc wreaked by the cyclonic storm Hudhud in the coastal parts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha states on Oct 12.

The Visakhapatnam airport terminal (above) was badly damaged and its communications network collapsed.

India's prime minister Narendra Modi announced Rs1,000 crores as interim relief to the state after a detailed survey of the losses. He went around the airport and some other places in the city.

SilkAir, which flies to the airport from Singapore, has suspended its operations to the city.

In a statement, the airline said: "In view of the damage caused to Visakhapatnam Airport by Cyclone Hudhud, SilkAir will temporarily suspend operations to Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, from Oct 14 to Oct 31.

SilkAir will waive administrative fees/penalties for refunds, rebookings and reroutings and allow full refunds for customers holding confirmed tickets issued before Oct 14 for travel up to and including Oct 31 on all flights from/to Visakhapatnam.

The waivers also apply to redemption tickets.

Customers may also be rerouted to any SilkAir India point without additional charges. The situation remains fluid and SilkAir will continue to monitor the developments.

Customers who require assistance with their bookings may contact +65 6223 8888 (Singapore), +91 (891) 2740002/3/4 (Visakhapatnam), +91 (40) 40369000/40369005 (Hyderabad) or +91 044 45921921 (Chennai)."

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