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DGCA Asks Airlines To Operate More Flights To Kerala:- With the ongoing rains and floods that affected Kerala badly, the aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) asked all the domestic airlines to operate additional flights to Kerala and cap the fares as the state has been struggling with heavy rains. The state's busiest airport in Kochi has been shut all its operations till August 26th after the entire airport has been drowned. Directorate General of Civil Aviation has been monitoring the airfares on 32 direct routes that are operating to Kozhikode, Trivandrum, Coimbatore and Manglore.
Directorate General of Civil Aviation warned not to increase the fares considering the situations in the state. The domestic airlines agreed for the proposal of DGCA. The Kochi airport which is located under three kms from Periyar river is in spate and has been shut from August 14th. 44 dams in Kerala have been overflowing and lakhs of people turned homeless. Over 300 people are said to have lost their lives due to the disastrous rains which left the state in floods and landslides. All the flights to Kochi have been diverted.