Air passengers from Guwahati, Agartala and few other cities in northeast were caught in uncertainty on Friday afternoon as flight operations were disrupted at Kolkata airport.
Heavy rainfall and lightning in northeast Kolkata, North 24 Parganas and South Parganas districts resulted in disruption of the flight operations.
According to the latest reports, the arrival of four flights and the departure of six flights were put on hold due to bad weather in Kolkata.
The Regional Meteorological Centre in Kolkata had predicted moderate thunderstorm with lightning and light to moderate rainfall for about two hours from 4 pm on Friday.
“I had to catch a connecting flight from Kolkata. I don’t know what is going to happen now,” Abhijit Das, a Guwahati-based businessman said.
Officials at the Lokopriya Gopinath Airport in Guwahati said departure of three flights to Kolkata were delayed.
Indigo flight 6E291, which was scheduled to leave at 5:45 pm, has been rescheduled. The flight will leave at 9:05 pm.
Air India’s flight AI775, which had scheduled departure at 6:45 pm, has been rescheduled to leave at 8:00 pm from Guwahati.
Another Indigo flight 6E572, which is scheduled to leave at 7:25 pm, is likely to leave at 7:45 pm.
Similarly, there is total uncertainty about arrival of three flights from Kolkata — Air India AI780, IndiGo 6E895 and Air Asia I52990.
According to reports, one person was killed and 15 others were seriously injured in the thunderstorm and heavy rainfall near Kolkata.
Earlier this week, the metrological department had advised fishermen not to venture into the sea on August 12 and 13 due to low pressure area over the Bay of Bengal.