Aviation Ministry Urges Airlines to Monitor Airfare Following Odisha Train Accident

The Civil Aviation Ministry advises airlines to monitor airfare rates and provides flexibility for travelers affected by the incident. Envoys from multiple countries express condolences, while the Railway Ministry announces compensation measures.
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The devastating train accident near Bahanaga Bazar station in Odisha’s Balasore district has claimed the lives of hundreds, with the death toll reaching 288.

Considered the fourth deadliest train accident in India, the incident has sparked an urgent investigation by the Railway Ministry to determine the cause of the tragedy.

Civil Aviation Ministry’s Advisory to Airlines

In light of the train accident and the impact it has had on travel, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has issued a crucial advisory to airlines operating in the region.

The ministry has urged airlines to closely monitor airfare rates for flights to and from Bhubaneswar and other airports in Odisha. The aim is to prevent any unjustified surge in airfares during this challenging time.

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“Ministry of Civil Aviation sends an advisory to airlines to monitor any abnormal surge in airfares to and from Bhubaneswar and other airports of Odisha in view of #OdishaTrainMishap: Ministry of Civil Aviation Further, any cancellation and rescheduling of flights due to the incident may be done without penal charges, MoCA issues advisory”

Flexibility Offered for Air Travellers

Understanding the difficulties faced by travellers affected by the train accident, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has instructed airlines not to impose penal charges for the cancellation and rescheduling of air tickets.

This directive aims to alleviate the financial burden on passengers who may need to modify their travel plans due to the tragic incident.

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International Community Extends Condolences

Envoys and missions from various countries have expressed their condolences and solidarity with India following the devastating train accident in Odisha. The loss of lives in the tragedy has garnered international attention, with countries expressing their support and sympathies to the affected families and the nation as a whole.

Compensation Measures by the Railway Ministry

In a show of support for the victims and their families, the Railway Ministry has announced compensation packages. A sum of Rs 10 lakh will be provided as ex-gratia to the families of the deceased.

Additionally, Rs 2 lakh will be given to those severely injured, and Rs 50,000 will be provided to individuals who sustained minor injuries during the accident. These compensation measures aim to assist the affected individuals and help them cope with the aftermath of the tragic incident.

As the investigation into the Balasore train accident continues, authorities are taking steps to ensure the welfare of the affected travellers.

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The Ministry of Civil Aviation’s advisory to airlines and the compensation measures announced by the Railway Ministry are part of a comprehensive response to this devastating event. The nation mourns the loss of lives and hopes for a thorough investigation to prevent such accidents in the future.


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Manish Khandelwal
Manish Khandelwal

Manish Khandelwal, a travel-tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in the travel industry. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Travelobiz.com, he's passionate about writing.

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