Jet Airways has waived off air freight charges on all domestic cargo shipments of relief material to flood-hit Kerala in India where more than 300 people have died so far.
The airline is also working closely with the Indian State Administration and several NGOs such as Resul Pookutty Foundation, Uday Foundation, The Art of Living, Karukapadath Charitable Trust, Rotary India, Doctors for You and Americares India among others, to support relief and rehabilitation efforts in Kerala.
To date, Jet Airways has airlifted over 10 tonnes of relief material comprising medicines, clothes, baby food, rice and other provisions, milk powder, bed sheets, and linen to the flood-ravaged state.
Since late July 2018, severe flooding has affected the south Indian state of Kerala due to unusually high rainfall during the monsoon season, in the worse flooding in Kerala in nearly a century. At least a million people have been evacuated.
According to the Kerala government, one-sixth of the total population of Kerala has been directly affected by the floods and related incidents.
Among the shipments, Jet Airways has transported a consignment containing medicines, clothes and food to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund on behalf of the Resul Pookutty Foundation.
Jet Airways chief executive officer, Vinay Dube said: “Jet Airways takes great pride in standing united with the communities it serves. While our efforts to alleviate the suffering of those affected by the devastation in Kerala are small measures given the scale of the destruction, we are taking every possible step to help people recover from this life-altering tragedy.”
In addition to waiving off air freight charges, Jet Airways had already been capping its economy fares on all of its non-stop domestic flights to/ from its operating destinations in Kerala (Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, Kochi) and Mangalore.
The airline has also been operating additional flights on both domestic and international sectors for the added convenience of its guests. Effective today, Jet Airways will operate daily flights to the Naval airfield at Kochi from Bengaluru.