IndiGo cancels 19 flights from Delhi amid escalating protest against CAA1 min read . Updated: 19 Dec 2019, 04:42 PM IST
- Eight flights of Vistara were delayed due to the protests
- Around 16 flights were delayed due to traffic jam on the Delhi-Gurugram border
New Delhi: India’s largest airline IndiGo on Thursday cancelled around 19 flights departing from Delhi, while full-service carrier Vistara said its flights were delayed amid escalating protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act.
InterGlobe Aviation-operated IndiGo has cancelled "around 20 flights" departing from the airport today, which is about 10% of their total departures from the national capital, the company said in a statement.
A Delhi International Airport Ltd spokesperson said 19 IndiGo flights were cancelled because the airline’s crew was stuck at the airport. Around 16 flights were also delayed due to traffic jam on the Delhi-Gurugram border which held up the crew, the spokesperson said.
Eight flights of Vistara were delayed due to the protests, the airline’s spokesperson said.
However, GoAir has not had any cancellations or delays due to the protest, the Wadia Group airline’s spokesperson said.
While SpiceJet said there have been no cancellations at the Delhi airport, the spokesperson did not have details on the number of delays.
A statement from Air India is awaited.
All airlines are offering their passengers waiver on cancellation and rescheduling fees for travel today.
There have been widespread protests in Delhi and other parts of India since the citizenship law came into effect.
On Thursday, mobile services including internet, voice calls, and SMS were suspended in parts of Delhi amid heavy protests against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019. Reports of the services being affected in other parts of the country also poured in as the government cracked down on protestors.
The new law accords citizenship rights to non-Muslims from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, and has been panned by critics as unconstitutional and discriminatory against Muslims.