CHENNAI: Passengers were put to hardship as a total of 43 flights were delayed at the Chennai airport on Wednesday due to poor visibility following intermittent rains. Flight schedules have been hit by the showers lashing the city for the last two days.
According to airport sources 19 inbound flights, including three international flights, were delayed by 15 to 30 minutes. Similarly, 24 outbound flights, including two international flights, were also delayed due to the weather. However, there was no cancellation.
Airport Authority of India, Chennai, Director Deepak Shastri said AAI has been sensitising the airlines on how to handle cancellations due to inclement weather. “We will provide them with any help if they seek. We are also geared up for any kind of situation due to the unsavoury weather conditions,” he added.
Airport authorities have ruled out any water logging in the airport. However, officials are sceptical about Chennai Metro Rail work near the airport. “The work by Chennai Metro rail near the airport boundary is going on and this could create water logging,” warned an official.
Chennai airport was closed nearly for five days after the December 1 deluge forcing the airport to look for a long term solution to make it flood-proof.