Pune has been severely affected as the tropical cyclone ‘Nisarga’ makes a calamitous landfall at Alibaug in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. Pune International Airport has ceased its flight operations temporarily owing to the devastating effects of the cyclone followed by gusty winds and heavy rain.
The Indian Meteorological Department had earlier warned about the flight operations being affected because of the strong winds intensifying along the coasts.
Two of the flights have been rerouted to Surat and Hyderabad and another flight has been cancelled as the weather conditions worsened, the airport officials stated. A lot of passengers who were about to travel to Pune have been stranded in various airports across the country.
“SpiceJet flight from Delhi to Pune SG 8185 was scheduled to arrive at the airport at 10.50 am was diverted to Surat. Similarly, Alliance air flight 9I 867 from Hyderabad to Pune has returned back to Hyderabad and Vistara flight UK 971/972 Delhi-Pune-Delhi has been cancelled on Wednesday due to bad weather.” Kuldeep Singh, Director of Pune Airport stated.
As the coronavirus induced lockdown continued for a period of two months, the airport authorities underwent a major loss and were subjected to a severe crisis. After more than two months, Pune airport which has been managing 50 flights daily had resumed its operations with hardly a few flight services. Amidst the pandemic, the ‘Nisarga’ is going to hit the State on a large scale.
According to sources, there has been barely any arrival passengers till now and on the other side, there has been a subsequent increase in the number of passengers opting for departures. In the past two days, 33 flights carrying 2,077 passengers have reached while around 33 flights carrying 3,854 departure passengers were recorded from Pune airport.