As commuting to the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) is likely to be affected due the Bengaluru bandh on September 26, airlines have been asking passengers to plan their travel and reach the airport in advance to avoid any inconvenience.
Akasa Air has asked its passengers to reach the airport at least three hours prior to their flight’s departure.
“Due to the Bandh declared in Bengaluru on 26 Sep 2023, there may be an impact on public transport facilities for travel to and from the airport. To ensure a seamless experience, we recommend that you plan for extra travel time and reach the airport at least 3 hours prior to the departure of your Akasa Air flight,” the airlines posted on X (formerly Twitter).
Similarly, SpiceJet has also asked passengers to arrive three hours prior to departure. ”Due to the Bangalore Bandh declared on 26th September’23, local transport facilities may be affected. Passengers are advised to allow sufficient time for their journey and report at least 180 minutes prior to the departure time to avoid any last-minute hassle,” the airlines stated.
Akasa Air has also given an option for its passengers to rebook on an alternate available flight in case they do not want to travel to or from Bengaluru on September 26.
“In case you choose not to travel to or from Bengaluru on 26 Sep 2023, you may request to be rebooked on an alternate, available flight at no additional cost, by calling our Akasa Care Centre on +91 9606 112131,” said the airline.
Another airline Vistara has said that its flights will continue as per the current schedule.
Replying to a passenger who sought information on the airline’s flight schedule, Vistara posted, “Please be advised that our flights will continue to operate according to the current schedule. For any additional updates or changes, we encourage you to stay connected with our official social media channels.”
The Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) in a passenger advisory said, “Due to the one-day Bengaluru bandh called by various unions and organisations on September 26, 2023, we anticipate disruption in transport services. Passengers are advised to plan their travel to and from the airport accordingly. Passengers are requested to follow alerts from respective airlines, law enforcement agencies and media releases for further updates.”