The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) witnessed severe disruptions and cancellations on Tuesday as the aftermath of Cyclone Michaung disrupted the flight schedules departing from and arriving at the airport.
The cyclone, which created hostile weather conditions, resulted in a large number of cancellations, especially affecting the routes between Tirupati, various parts of Andhra Pradesh, and Chennai.
As per the latest information available on the GMR Hyderabad International Airport’s official website, the number of domestic flights canceled as of noon on Tuesday reached 25 departures and 34 arrivals. This sudden spike in cancellations caused a lot of inconvenience to many travelers.
The Chennai route suffered the most from these cancellations, recording 20 flight cancellations, followed by 14 cancellations on the Tirupati route. Moreover, the routes to Visakhapatnam and Rajahmundry also experienced nine cancellations each.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Cyclone Michaung intensified into a severe cyclonic storm on Sunday and moved towards the Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu coasts. The IMD issued a cyclone warning for these states and predicted heavy to very heavy rains till December 62. The cyclone also caused thunderstorms with lightning and gusty winds in parts of Telangana, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand2. The IMD advised the fishermen not to venture into the Bay of Bengal due to the squally winds and gale force. The cyclone was expected to make landfall on Monday evening near Nellore in Andhra Pradesh.
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