Sushant Ranjan

Patna, 27th May 2021: Due to Cyclone ‘YAAS’ the Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport (Patna Airport) has been closed from 6.45 pm on Thursday to 9 am on Friday. Due to the closure of the airport, operations of about four pairs of aircraft had to be cancelled immediately.

Vistara flight UK 714-715 coming from Delhi to Patna returned back to Delhi before landing at Patna Airport. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, the operation of more than three dozen aircraft has been cancelled.

“In view of bad weather conditions prevailing currently due to Cyclone YAAS, it has been decided that flight operations at Patna airport will remain suspended till 9 am on 28th May. The situation will be reviewed before taking a decision on resumption of flight operations,” the Airport Authority of India (AA) tweeted.

Patna is also receiving heavy rains with strong winds due to cyclone YAAS. Due to this, the aircraft is unable to land at the airport. Earlier it was decided to close the Patna airport as a precaution till 10 pm on Thursday night. Later, AAI informed about the suspension of flight operations.

Airport Director BCH Negi said, “Due to the cyclonic storm, there is a problem in safe landing of aircraft. In order to protect the common passengers from potential hazards, the AAI has decided to stop flight operations from the airport.”

The passengers traveling to Delhi and Bangalore faced a lot of trouble due to the sudden suspension of the four pairs of flights. As many as 53 passengers had a flight to Delhi by Vistara airlines, which was cancelled and passengers were told to travel the next day. Similarly, around 200-250 passengers were stranded at the airport due to the cancellation of flights for Delhi and Bangalore.