Chennai Rains: Situation Under Control, All Flights To Resume From Today

07/12/2015 9:07 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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People who were stranded in Indian southern city of Chennai due to floods arrive at the Palam Airport after being evacuated by special Indian Air Force plane in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. The heaviest rainfall in more than 100 years has devastated swathes of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, with thousands forced to leave their submerged homes, schools, offices and a regional airport shut for a second day Thursday. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

CHENNAI -- All domestic and international flights from Chennai, both day and night, will resume Monday morning after partial day-time services operated on Sunday.

"....availability of Chennai airport for all weather day and night operations for all flights for which domestic and international terminals will be available from 6 am of 7 December, 2015," an Airport Authority of India statement said here late on Sunday evening.

This followed an inspection by The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for night operations, an AAI spokesman said.

The airport was shut down last Tuesday night after heavy downpour flooded the runway and all other operating areas.

After a review, technical and ferry flights were allowed from Saturday and the AAI had permitted day-time flights to operate from Sunday.

An Air India passenger aircraft to Port Blair was the first flight to take off on Sunday morning.

Altogether five passenger flights, all of Air India, took off from or landed at Chennai Airport till 5 pm on Sunday. An Oman Air plane stranded at the Chennai airport departed for Muscat with two crew.

Four ferry flights also took off or landed at the airport, AAI sources said.

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