06 December, Chennai
The day time commercial flights has resumed its operations from the ChennaiAirport amid rains, after it was closed since the last five days due to excessive water-logging of the run way.
Sources in Airport said, the first flight to take off from the airport was a chartered plane. Later, an Air India flight with 150 passengers on board took off for Port Blair while the airlines flight AI 429 is scheduled for arrival at Chennai airport at 1340 Hrs this afternoon.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) last night announced that all the Day time operations for domestic commercial flights from Chennai Airport will commence from 0600 Hrs today while a review will be undertakenabout the situation to resume the night operations. Air India flights to Hyderabad and Delhi are also scheduled to operate today.
22 Aircrafts of various airlines were stranded at the airport when the Airports Authority of India (AAI) decided to shut the airport 4 days ago. The sources said the International Services may commence its operations from December 8. The AAI yesterday declared the runway fit for operating technical ferry and relief flights after an inspection by its staff.
Four ferry flights that were parked at Chennai Airport departed for Delhi, Mumbai and Port Blair on Saturday while one Cargo flight Singcargo B747 departed for Singapore via Bangalore. On an average, Chennai airport handles 320 landings and departures.
As many as 20 international airlines operates from the airport apart from most of the domestic carriers.