Monday, October 09, 2017

Calcutta airport tops global list of flight delays as heavy rains lash south Bengal

Calcutta: Heavy rain accompanied by gusty winds battered the southern districts of West Bengal and its capital since early Monday, with the Indian Meteorological Department predicting more rains and high winds till Tuesday.

Waterlogged roads and uprooted trees hit the morning rush hour traffic on what was the first ‘working’ day for Calcutta after the prolonged Durga Puja holidays.

The rains also brought down some special arches built on a few important roads to welcome teams and spectators for the FIFA Under-17 matches being held in the city.
Six city-bound flights were diverted to Bhubaneswar in Odisha, and some to Guwahati in Assam and other airports in the region.

The city’s airport topped the ranking of world airports by flight delays on the aviation site www.flightradar24.com.

Air India, Jet Airways, Indigo and Spice Jet had issued alerts in the morning to their passengers about possible flight delays in and out of Calcutta.
09/10/17 Telegraph

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