Consulate General of the UAE in Kerala issues travel advisory as Gulf flights to Indian state are diverted, cancelled
The Consulate General of the UAE in Kerala has issued a travel advisory to UAE citizens in the Indian state or intending to visit the state to exercise extreme caution after heavy rains caused damaging floods.
The advisory urges UAE citizens to follow instructions issued by Indian authorities.
In a second advisory, the Consulate, based in the state capital of Thiruvananthapuram, has urged UAE citizens visiting Kerala to register with the diplomatic post so that it can keep track of them and ensure their safety and welfare, state news agency WAM reported.
The Consulate has asked its nationals to contact its dedicated phone number 00919087777737 in case of any emergency.
The travel warning comes as authorities in India take steps to ease difficulties faced by travellers from the Gulf to Kerala as a result of floods.
Two dozen people are reported to have been killed across Kerala from the floods and nine districts in the state are under "red alert".
Cochin International Airport, the main gateway from Gulf countries to Kerala, has been shut until Sunday afternoon.
The Civil Aviation Ministry in New Delhi has directed incoming aircraft bound for Cochin to fly to two other Kerala airports - Trivandrum and Calicut.
Cochin International Airport Limited announced that Oman Air flights will operate from Trivandrum in the next three days while Kuwait Airways and Gulf Air flights have been cancelled, WAM said.
Cochin Airport also said Flydubai and Air India flights have been shifted to Trivandrum., adding that passengers travelling on some Emirates flights have been rebooked from Trivandrum.
Most airlines have waived charges for changing travel dates or for cancelling journeys, WAM added.