Chennai: The Chennai airport will remain closed for 12 hours from 7.00 P.M tonight to 7.00 A.M. tomorrow morning in view of very severe cyclonic storm Nivar, which would cross the coast past midnight.
This followed cancellation of 26 flights that were either scheduled to depart for several destinations or arrive at the airport here.
The decision to close down the airport for 12 hours was taken after Airports Authority of India official held urgent discussions via video-conferencing with the civil aviation
officials in New Delhi.
All domestic, international and cargo services would remain closed during this period.
As there was a possibility of airport runway getting flooded following release of surplus waters from the Chembarambakkam lake and flood warning issued to 20 villages, the airport was closed as a precautionary measure.
It may be recalled that the runway was flooded during the December 2015 floods and since there was a possibility of it happening now, the airport was closed, airport sources
Earlier, 26 flights were cancelled due to the cyclone. The cancelled flights include those to Kannur, Kozhikode, Vijayawada, Tiruchi, Thoothukudi, Bengaluru, Mangalore and Hubli.