Thirty-three flights from Chennai were diverted to Kempegowda International Airport (KIA), and 70 were cancelled till 11 pm on Monday as heavy rain continued in Chennai and surrounding districts caused by a cyclonic storm.
Officials from Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), which manages KIA, informed about the diversion for both domestic and international flights, including those operated by Spicejet, Etihad, Lufthansa, and Gulf AirAccording to reports, the arrival and departure of 70 flights were cancelled till 11 pm on Monday due to heavy rainfall.
“Several flights have been diverted from Chennai Airport to KIA. Chennai Airport has announced that it will remain closed for arrival operations for a specific period. Not just Chennai, Tirupati, and Vishakapatnam; all these regions have issues due to deteriorating weather conditions. So, there are several delays and cancellations as well. We advise passengers to check the status of their respective flights, and so far, 33 diverted from Chennai have landed at KIA,” said a BIAL official.
Cyclone Michaung, currently swirling over the Bay of Bengal and heading towards the Andhra coast, has unleashed torrential rain upon Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. Heavy rainfall was reported in north coastal Tamil Nadu, encompassing Chennai, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram, Nagapattinam, and Cuddalore districts, with Thiruvallur district bearing the brunt of the downpour.
Most parts of Chennai are submerged in water, with heavy inundation in low-lying areas. The cyclone is expected to make landfall between Nellore and Machilipatnam tomorrow noon.