Flight operations at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport were affected on Monday, May 23 morning as several parts of the national capital and the NCR received heavy rain with thunderstorms.
The airport authorities have requested the passengers to contact the airline concerned for updated flight information.
At least 19 flights have been diverted to Jaipur, Lucknow, Indore, Amritsar, and Mumbai, news agency ANI tweeted quoting Delhi airport sources.
“Due to bad weather, flight operations at Delhi airport are affected. Passengers are requested to get in touch with the airline concerned for updated flight information,” Delhi Airport tweeted.
All departures and arrivals and their consequential flights have been affected due to inclement weather. Airlines have also requested passengers to check on their flight status before heading to the airport as the flight operations have been kept on hold.
Hundreds of passengers have been stranded since early morning as flights departing from the airport are being rescheduled. The number of affected flights was likely to rise throughout the day as the thunderstorms continue.
SpiceJet tweeted that the bad weather in Delhi may affect departures and arrivals at the airport and requested its passengers to keep a check on their flight status.
IndiGo also issued a travel advisory for its passengers, asking them to keep enough travel time in hand while travelling to the airport.
Meanwhile, India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted that thundershower with moderate intensity rain and gusty winds with a speed of 60-90 Km/h would continue to occur over and adjoining areas of the entire Delhi and NCR during the next two hours.
Strong winds and heavy rain uprooted trees in parts of Delhi which resulted in roads getting blocked.
IMD said that impact on vulnerable structures, kutcha houses, traffic and visibility is expected and suggested people stay indoors and avoid travel if possible.