NEW DELHI: Scheduled commercial flight operations at Port Blair airport was suspended on Monday due to heavy rain and wind of 20-35 knots (37-65 kmph), says the Airports Authority of India (AAI).
This is a fallout of Cyclone Yaas that is expected to make landfall on the eastern coast on Wednesday.
According to Met department’s latest weather bulletin issued by IMD, Cyclone Yaas is very likely to intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm.
While flight operations at Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Jharsuguda and Durgapur airports are likely to be impacted; Ranchi, Patna, Raipur, Jamshedpur, Bagdogra, Cooch Behar, Vizag and Rajahmundry airports have been instructed to be on alert in case the cyclonic winds change path, says an AAI official.
“It would… reach Northwest Bay of Bengal near north Odisha and West Bengal coasts by Wednesday (May 26) early morning. It is very likely to cross north Odisha-West Bengal coasts between Paradip and Sagar islands around Wednesday noon as a very severe cyclonic storm,” AAI said in a statement.
Aviation secretary P S Kharola on Monday reviewed preparations for this cyclone with AAI management, along with chairman Sanjeev Kumar, Indian Meteorological Department, Station Commander and Senior Meteorological Officer, Indian Navy and airport directors of airports from eastern and southern Regions.
“Senior AAI management along with IMD is constantly monitoring the situation at all other airports in south and east India. Kharola has directed all preventive measures should be in place at all airports that are likely to be impacted by the cyclone, to minimise any damage,” AAI said in a statement.