Bengaluru violence: AirAsia allows passengers to change flights


PETALING JAYA: AirAsia today said passengers on their flights departing from Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, India, today can reschedule their travel at no charge.

This is due to logistical difficulties they may face in getting to the airport following the outbreak of violence over the Cauvery River water issue in the state.

“AirAsia understands the seriousness of the current situation in Bengaluru.

“All AirAsia guests booked onto flights departing from Bengaluru on Tuesday, 13th September 2016, can reschedule their travel at no charge.

“The airline understands the logistical difficulty that some guests might face in getting to the airport for their flight,” the low-cost carrier said in a statement issued in Bengaluru, FirstPost news portal reported today.

“Any guest travelling from Bengaluru on Tuesday, 13th September 2016, can contact our airline staff or call centres to reschedule their travel to anytime up to 72 hours from now at no charge.

“AirAsia as a group believes in providing the best of safety, security and comfort to our guests and crew at all times,” AirAsia said.

The Indian Express reported incidents of looting and vandalism eased today in parts of Bengaluru after authorities imposed a curfew amid widespread protests overnight over the Supreme Court’s order to Karnataka to release water from the Cauvery river to Tamil Nadu.

The Cauvery River, which originates in Karnataka and flows into Tamil Nadu, has been the source of a bitter water dispute for decades.

Karnataka officials told the court that the state did not have enough water reserves to share.

On Monday, police fired at a group of protesters who set fire to a police jeep and motorbike.

Television images showed 40 buses, with licence plates from neighbouring Tamil Nadu state, burning in a private transport company depot in Bengaluru.

Protesters in Tamil Nadu vandalised a hotel in the city of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, owned by people from Karnataka.