All Kashmir flights cancelled due to heavy snowfall, Airlines to reimburse up to 75% ticket cost if flight ticket downgraded, Dozen more cheetahs to be flown to India from South Africa in February and more in top stories of the day.
All Kashmir flights cancelled due to heavy snowfall
Kashmir valley witnessed heavy snowfall this morning, because of which it has now been cut off from the outside world, with all flights to and fro Srinagar airport being cancelled, and the national highway also being shut. As per the latest reports, heavy snowfall has been witnessed across the valley, while rain lashed the Jammu division today. If we go by what the MeT office has to say, adverse weather would continue in the valley during the next 12 hours.
Reportedly, 5 inch snow had accumulated in Srinagar city till Monday morning, whereas other popular tourist places, like Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Pahalgam, and other higher reaches received more than 1-3 ft of fresh snowfall.
Airlines to reimburse up to 75% ticket cost if flight ticket downgraded*
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has amended its Civil Aviation Requirement (CAR) rules on facilities to be provided by airlines to passengers due to cancellation of flights, denied boarding, and delays in flights. It added that the amendment will allow passengers, who are downgraded involuntarily and are carried in a class lower than that for which the ticket he purchased, to get reimbursements online.
The DGCA proposed that airlines need to refund the full value of such tickets, including taxes, and that the said passenger will be flown free of cost in the next available class. Here’s all that you need to know about the development:
- As per the new rules of the aviation, airlines will have to reimburse 75% of the ticket costs, including taxes, to passengers whose domestic* flight tickets have been downgraded.
- The reimbursement will differ between 30-75% in case of international ticket downgrade. This will also be including taxes, depending on the distance (1,500 km or less) that is covered by that particular flight. As per the DGCA, the amount will be 50% if the flight covers a distance between 1,500 and 3,500 km, including taxes, whereas the reimbursement amount will be 75% of the cost of ticket, if the flight covers a distance of over 3,500 km.
- Referring to this, a DGCA official added that these norms will be effective from February 15.
Dozen more cheetahs to be flown to India from South Africa in February
South Africa and India have signed an agreement, under which 12 cheetahs will get flown into India annually for the next eight to 10 years. This comes after last year’s translocation of eight cheetahs from Namibia. Both the countries call the reintroduction of cheetahs in India an “ecological objective”.
If reports are to go by, come February, and the first batch of 12 cheetahs will be relocated to India. Reintroduction of the cheetahs in India is expected to add to the livelihood options of the local communities as it would help in eco-tourism. As per the reports, this is a part of Project Cheetah, a project which aims at making cheetahs a part of the Indian biodiversity once again. As per the project, the aim is to bring in 50 cheetahs in India over the course of five years. The plan is also to introduce these cheetahs to various national parks in the country.
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