Lucknow airport closed after radar failure: Passengers create chaos

14 January, Lucknow

Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport here today was closed for indefinite period after radar failure.
More then 30 flights have been cancelled so far since 1500 hours Saturday.

Though, there is a report that the airport could be closed for two days till January 16 to rectify the fault but there is no official confirmation as yet.

However, officials of the Airport Authority of India(AAI) said that engineers have been rushed from Kanpur and Delhi. Experts from Indian Air Force(IAF) has also been sought to normalise the situation.

They expect that the snag could be rectified by tomorrow morning.
Due to the cancellation of the flights, passengers created chaos demanding explanation from the authorities. Additional security forces have been rushed to the airport after some passengers clashed with the airlines employees.

There were no AAI authorities or Airlines officials available to pacify the irate passengers.
A passenger Sarika (35) , who has to catch a connecting flight to New York from Delhi was in tears.

She was carrying a two year old daughter and said that now she could not understand what to do.
Another IT engineer Saurabh, who was to go to Hyderabad for an interview tomorrow, was annoyed with the behaviour of the airlines staffs.

“If Airlines cannot pacify the passengers then they have no right to take huge amount as fare, ” he said.
Some passengers, who could not go to Delhi, took share taxi from the airport so that they can reach there by tomorrow morning.

Several flights bound for Lucknow were diverted to other airports.On the other hand several airlines have started cancelling tickets of the passengers on the demand till Monday as they too have admitted that the fault would require 48 hour to rectify.

According to the reports technical fault has been detected in the DVOR (Doppler Very High Frequency Omni-Range) radar. Amausi airport director PK Srivastava told UNI here tonight that all efforts were being made to rectify the fault.”This type of fault is rare and it disrupted the entire landing and take offs,” he said but did not give any specific time when for normal functioning of aircraft will be resumed but other officials said such fault takes around two days to be rectified.

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