Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Yaas cyclone: Flight operations resume at Kolkata airport after 11-hour closure

Kolkata: The Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (NSCBI) in Kolkata resumed operations on Wednesday evening following an 11-hour closure due to cyclone Yaas.

An an IndiGo flight from Ahmedabad was the first arrival at the airport at 7.44pm after resumption of services.

IndiGo also operated the evening's only departure to the Gujarat's capital city.

There were four domestic flight arrivals and one departure in the evening and three departures in the morning as flight operations were suspended at the airport between 8.30am and 7.30pm.

In fact, as cyclone moved away from the city, runway operations were handed over an hour before the actual operations resumed to accommodate an extra arrival.

But even as the flights operations were suspended and the terminal building was shut, there were some 30 odd passengers who had reached the airport. Some had reached the airport a day ago fearing cyclone-inflicted disturbances in the midst of a lockdown-like situation.

“I had a 6pm flight to Qatar from Delhi on Wednesday and thus had reached the airport early to catch the connecting morning flight to Delhi from Kolkata. But the airport was closed and I ended up missing my international flight,” said Sheikh Hussein, a resident of Taltala who was found sitting outside the airport terminal.

A group of seven labourers from South Dinajpur were also there among a cluster of flyers sitting outside the airport manager’s office on Wednesday morning.

The group were booked on an Air India flight to Ahmedabad on Tuesday which got cancelled. They were booked on another flight on Wednesday which too got cancelled.

The group had started from their homes on Monday night in an air conditioned bus – the solitary emergency transport available from the district at present.

26/05/21 Tamaghna Banerjee/Times of India

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