Traveling to India? A Mumbai Update
Needless to say, the tragic events in Mumbai last week have made that city a potentially dangerous destination for American citizens, among others. The situation remains fluid but it's unlikely that things will return to normal in the foreseeable future. As a statement on its Web site puts it, "The Department of State advises Americans planning to travel to Mumbai in the aftermath of the November 26 terrorist attacks to recognize that it may be some time before all public infrastructure and services return to normal. Emotions are running high and there are possibilities of demonstrations which could turn violent."
For travelers interested in canceling or postponing their trips, the efficacy of that will depend on the airline you booked with. Delta Airlines, for instance, will allow passengers to change their itineraries without penalty (if they were scheduled to travel between Nov. 26 and Dec. 3) but they must commence travel by Dec. 10.
British Airways will allow passengers who were intending to travel by Dec. 3 the option to either "Rebook in same class and cabin as the original ticket for a different date to Mumbai" or "Rebook to an alternative destination in India in the same class and cabin as the original booking at no additional cost to the customer."
"Jet Airways' operations, both domestic and international, into and out of Mumbai have remained largely unaffected and on schedule," says a statement on the Indian airline's Web site. The airline waived cancellation and reissue fees last week, but apparently those options exist no longer.
As of now, most carriers, U.S. and foreign, have resumed normal service to Mumbai. An exception is the financially troubled Alitalia, which has canceled all service to the city until further notice.