A number of flights to India have been cancelled and others have been merged, requiring passengers to adjust their travel plans accordingly.
“This is to bring to your kind attention that due to operational reasons, the following combinations, cancellations, and changes in routes have been decided,” said a statement from the airline.
Air India Express has cancelled six flights that were scheduled to travel to a number of Indian cities over the coming days. These include IX 917 from Hyderabad to Muscat, which was expected to take off on 20 May, and IX 443 from Cochin to Muscat (21 May), IX 337/IX 350, operating a return flight from Kozhikode to Muscat and back.
Flight number IX 443/IX 442, which was due to fly to Kochi on 22 May, has also been scrapped, as have IX 713 from Kannur to Muscat on Saturday, 22 May, and the return flight, IX 714, on 23 May.
Furthermore, the flight scheduled to depart for Hyderabad on 21 May (IX 714), and the one expected to return to Muscat from Kannur, will now operate as one: IX 713 will depart from Kannur at 23:55 on 20 May, land in Muscat at 2:25, take off at 3:35, and arrive at 9:10 in Hyderabad. It will then depart Hyderabad at 9:55, before landing in Kannur at 11:25.
Similarly, the flights travelling to Kochi (IX 442) and Trivandrum (IX 554) will also be clubbed together. IX 549 will now depart from Trivandrum at 7:50 in the morning, arrive in Muscat at 10:05, leave at 11:20 am for Kochi, before arriving at 16:30 that evening. It will then take off at 17:15 from Kochi before finishing its route at Trivandrum 45 minutes later.
“All concerned are requested to make a note of the above changes and take necessary actions at your end,” added Air India Express. “Please disseminate this information to all concerned.”