Mumbai International Airport shut all operations for 11 hours on Monday due to turbulent weather in wake of Cyclone Tauktae
Cyclone Tauktae unleashed havoc along the Mumbai coast on Monday, washing the city and neighbouring suburbs with very heavy rains and strong winds. Faced with the threats of turbulent weather, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) in Mumbai shut all its operation from 11 hours, from 11 AM to 10 PM on Monday. As per reports, about 7 inbound flights were diverted during this period.
Cyclone Tauktae fury hits Mumbai
The CSMIA in Mumbai registered around 34 arrivals and 22 departures, throughout the day, despite the persistent bad weather. At the same time, seven Mumbai-bound flights were diverted to less turbulent locations on Monday, including an IndiGo Service to Hyderabad and a SpiceJet flight to Surat. Another IndiGo flight was returned to Lucknow due to storm threats. Passengers were advised to check with their respective airlines before making travel plans.
In a statement, an official spokesperson justified the closure of the CSMIA in view of the Cyclone Tauktae alert. The storm hit Mumbai with full fury after Sunday midnight causing heavy rains, thunder, lightning and powerful squalls. Life along the entire west coast was wrecked due to the upheaval, claiming the lives of 6 people.
The storm headed northwards from Mumbai, towards Gujarat by Monday evening. The cyclone is brewing with high wind speeds of up to 110 kmph and is only intensifying further.