New Delhi/Chennai: Over a thousand flights connecting Chennai were canceled yesterday after heavy rain due to Cyclone Michaung forcing the shutdown of the city airport. IndiGo had to cancel 550 flights across India after the airport closed operations yesterday while Vistara suspended 10 flights from Chennai.
The rain has stopped and Chennai now struggles to drain the floodwaters and assess the damages caused due to the heavy rain.
Chennai airport had shut its runway and grounded all planes yesterday after floodwater entered the airport. It resumed operations this morning. Currently, Visakhapatnam airport is shut as the cyclone has moved towards Andhra Pradesh.
IndiGo resumed its flights from Chennai around noon but said it canceled 60 flights today. Vistara too has resumed operations to and from Chennai.
The affected flyers will be offered a waiver on cancellation and rescheduling of flights, IndiGo, which has surpassed the milestone of flying 2,000 daily scheduled flights, said yesterday. Currently, it has 15 planes parked in Chennai – the ones that were grounded after the airport was shut yesterday.
Vistara said it has reached out to the affected flyers and offered alternatives
The team made all efforts to minimize inconvenience to customers including proactively canceling select flights and has been in constant touch with the impacted customers to offer regular updates and various alternatives such as rescheduling or refunds, as applicable,” said a Vistara spokesperson.
Air India, which had canceled 33 return flights across the country during Chennai airport closure, has waived rescheduling charges for yesterday’s and today’s flights. It also canceled 20 return flights today.
Cyclone Michaung unleashed heavy torrential rain in Chennai since Sunday night, submerging the city. Besides flights, dozens of trains were also canceled and the passengers were promised a full refund.
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