Biju Patnaik International Airport

Airlines Not Accepting Old Denominations Flouting Norms

Bhubaneswar: Even though the central government has asked the receive the demonetized Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denominations for booking air tickets up to November 14 midnight, some airlines operating from Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) has put up notices on its website that they would not accept these notes as legal tender.

GoAir has put up the notice on its website following the Prime Minster scrapping old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.

“Pursuant to the announcement made by Hon’ble Prime Minister, GoAir will not be accepting Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination currency notes with effect from November 9 for any service,” said GoAir’s website.

Other airlines – Air India, IndiGo and Air Vistara – have confirmed that they will accept these notes up to Monday midnight.

BPIA officials assured they will look into the issue and will take necessary steps. “The airline must implement government orders and should respond to genuine needs of the passengers,” said BPIA director R Mahalingam.

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