Chennai airport to resume partial flight operations tomorrow

On December 2, Airports Authority of India had announced that the airport would be shut till December 6 after heavy rains caused flooding of the runway and nearby operational areas.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: December 4, 2015 8:50:46 pm
chennai, chennai rains, chennai airport, chennai airport resumes flights, chennai flights, Airports Authority of India, Chennai airport authorities, chennai latest news, chennai flood news, india news The heaviest rainfall in Chennai in over a century has caused massive flooding across the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, driving thousands from their homes, shutting auto factories and paralysing the airport in the state capital Chennai.  (Source: Reuters)

Chennai airport, where operations were suspended till Sunday in the wake of floods, will partially resume flight operations from Saturday morning with the runway found to be safe for landings and departures.

“Flight operations from Chennai airport will resume partially from tomorrow. The flights will operate during the day time,” Airports Authority of India (AAI) Chairman R K Srivastava said.

The airport would open at 6 AM and flights would operate till day light is there, he said.

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The runway has been cleared for operations after inspections by officials and experts, another AAI official said.

On December 2, AAI had announced that the airport would be shut till December 6 after heavy rains caused flooding of the runway and nearby operational areas.

“Chennai Aerodrome has been closed up to 12 noon of the December 6, 2015. The situation is being closely monitored and any further action will be taken subject to review for resumption of services as soon as possible,” the AAI, which runs the airport, had said on December 2.

On an average, Chennai airport handles 320 landings and departures. As many as 20 international airlines operates from Chennai airport apart from most of the domestic carriers.

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