Cochin Airport has suspended all flight operations till 2 pm Wednesday, due to a rise in flood water level in and around the airport since early morning.
The decision was taken at an emergency meeting held at the airport at 6 a.m. today. Earlier at 3:30 a.m., the airport had decided to suspend operations of arrival flights from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. as a precautionary measure.
By 5:30 a.m. all operations at the airport were shut down due to continuous heavy raining and rising flood water levels.
The decision to suspend the operations was taken after shutters of the Idamalayar and Cheruthoni dams, part of Idukki reservoir, were opened last evening to release excess water.
Around 12 International flights have been diverted, 2 have been cancelled and 4 have got delayed from 4: 20 a.m. onwards. 14 domestic flights have been cancelled and 11 of them have been delayed.
According to a Cochin International Airport Limited(CIAL), most of the flights have been diverted to Thiruvananthapuram Airport and a few have been diverted to the Calicut International Airport. If the rains continue, they might have to keep their operations shut for a longer time.
Operations may be suspended till August 18th if the intensity of the rainfall continues!
Vistara announced on Twitter that the UK883 and UK882 flights to/from Cochin have been cancelled for Wednesday, while SpiceJet has advised travellers to visit the airline website to get updated information. Jet Airways has also advised fliers to refer to the airline website for the status of its flights from Cochin.
Cochin Airport has provided emergency numbers on its website. These emergency room numbers are 0484-305 3500 and 2610094.