The country's civil aviation body on Wednesday asked airlines to cap airfares to flood-hit Kerala at Rs 10,000.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in an email asked airlines to cap the fares in the light of operations at Cochin airport being suspended due to the flooding.
Vistara has already announced fares to Thiruvananthapuram at Rs 10,000, while the DGCA said Air India had been notified separately.
Incessant downpour battered Kerala again on Wednesday resulting in 19 more deaths and further destruction, forcing the authorities to issue a red alert across the southern state.
With reports of the fresh deaths, the death toll since August 8 climbed to 58.
While a red alert was sounded in 11 of the 14 Kerala districts, including Idukki, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Malappuram, Pathanamthitta, Kannur and Ernakulam, by Wednesday afternoon, it was extended across the state by the evening hours.
Cochin airport was shut till Saturday after water flooded the complex.
In a first, the sluices of 33 dams across Kerala have been opened, following incessant rain since late Tuesday. More rain has been forecast till Saturday.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan appealed to the people for generous contributions to battle the worst floods faced by Kerala in nearly a century.
Vijayan spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi late Wednesday evening and was assured of all necessary help. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh promised to send more forces to help the state.
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First Published: IST