Cyclone Michaung: Over 30 Flights Diverted From Chennai To Bengaluru; Chennai Airport Shut

With heavy rainfall, Chennai Airport has shut flight operations and have diverted flights to Bengaluru.

by Shreya Rathod
Cyclone Michaung: Over 30 Flights Diverted From Chennai To Bengaluru; Chennai Airport Shut

Cyclone Michaung is wreaking havoc in the Bay Of Bengal. Moreover, it is affecting cities on the coast, especially Chennai. The city is witnessing one of the worst floods and waterlogging. In fact, the train system is suspended! Chennai Airport is also flooded and over 30 flights from Chennai are diverted to Bengaluru.

Cyclone Michaung: Chennai Airport Shut & Over 30 Flights Diverted To Bengaluru

More than 30 planes are reportedly diverted to Bengaluru airport as Cyclone “Michaung” causes intense rains to batter Chennai and other surrounding districts. Images on the internet depict the Chennai airport’s runways being flooded with water, causing delays in operations.

Due to Cyclone Michaung’s strong gusts and heavy rain, flight operations at the Chennai airport were suspended till 11 p.m. on Monday. Earlier, from 09:17 until 11:30 am, arrivals at the airport were halted for two hours.

All passengers who are unable to fly to and from Chennai between December 4–10 are urged to rebook their tickets for any day on or before December 17, according to a post made by Akasa Air on X. The airline added that there would be no further fees for passengers.

Additionally, before leaving their homes for airports, customers should verify the status of their flights, according to IndiGo. Flight departures and arrivals may be affected by the bad weather in Chennai. The airline advised travellers to verify the status of their flight before departing the airport.

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Also, Vistara suggested to its clients to allow extra time for their trip to the airport. On December 4, 2023, flights to and from Chennai may be affected by storm Michaung’s movement. The airline urged customers to factor in additional time for their trip to the airport.

Customers Are Informed About The Diversion

Both domestic and international airlines that were scheduled to land at Chennai Airport have had their planes diverted. The customers have already been informed by all airlines of the diversions due to the devastating effect of Hurricane Michaung on Monday. Due to the severe weather in the area, flights from Bengaluru to Chennai, Tirupati, and Vijayawada were delayed and some of them were cancelled.

In a statement, the Bengaluru airport management stated that scheduled departures from BLR Airport to Chennai (MAA), Tirupati (TIR), and Vijayawada (VGA) are suffering delays or cancellations due to unfavourable weather conditions in the area and the temporary stoppage of arrival operations at Chennai Airport on December 4, 2023. It is suggested that travellers inquire about notifications and updates directly from their carriers.

Chennai had to cancel at least 12 domestic outbound services, including those to places like Thiruvananthapuram and Ahmedabad. A private airline also suspended four foreign routes, including ones to Dubai and Sri Lanka, the news agency said, citing unnamed officials. By December 5 in the afternoon, the storm is predicted to make landfall in the west-central Bay of Bengal near the beaches of south Andhra Pradesh and north Tamil Nadu.

Also Read: Cyclone Michaung: Heavy Rainfall, Flood & More! 9 Videos From Chennai That Are Horrifying

The cyclonic storm is now over the Southwest Bay of Bengal, but by Monday afternoon, it is expected to continue moving northwest and intensify even more.

Cover Image Courtesy: Chennai (MAA) Airport/ X & Dennis Adepoju/ X

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