Tuesday, May 18, 2021

All major airports in Gujarat shut

Ahmedabad: With Tauktae — an extremely severe cyclonic storm — predicted to make landfall along the Gujarat coast late on Monday, all major airports across the state including those in Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara and Kandla remained shut for a few hours.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport in Ahmedabad was to remain closed for about 10 hours. Adani Ahmedabad International Airport Limited (AAIAL), which handles the operations, management and development of SVPI airport, issued a statement on Monday that the city airport was to remain shut from 7.30pm on Monday to 5am on Tuesday.

“Ahmedabad airport is fully prepared for Cyclone Tauktae. As a precautionary measure, our operations will remain suspended from 7.30pm on May 17 to 5am on May 18,” states AAIAL, through a social media post.

A total of 18 incoming and outgoing flights were cancelled from the SVPI airport on Monday in the wake of the cyclone warning. That apart, during the day, flights to Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai and Jaipur, among others were cancelled due to operational constraints, bad weather as well as inadequate passenger movement.

Vadodara airport is likely to remain closed at least till Tuesday afternoon in view of the cyclone. Airport operations were initially closed from 11 am to 6 pm except for emergency and relief flights. However, later it was decided to keep the airport closed for all flights till 1 pm on Tuesday. The district administration has also asked the airport authorities to keep de-watering pumps and diesel generation sets ready at the airport to meet any emergency.

18/05/21 Times of India

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