Due to the danger posed by raging Cyclone Tauktae, Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport suspended all operations for three hours on Monday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
As a result, at least three private airline inbound flights were redirected to less chaotic destinations. A SpiceJet flight has been redirected to Surat, while an IndiGo flight has returned to Lucknow after being diverted to Hyderabad.
According to an official spokesperson, the CSMIA closure was essential due to the warnings about Cyclone Tauktae, which is currently moving through Mumbai with wind speeds of 75-85 kph as it hurtles towards south Gujarat.
Cyclone Tauktae made landfall in Mumbai shortly after midnight on Monday (May 17), carrying torrential rainfall, thunder, lighting, and gale-force winds that wreaked havoc on normal life throughout the entire coastal area and the country’s commercial capital.