Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Dimapur airport runway waterlogged, flights cancelled

Staff Reporter

Flights to and from Dimapur airport were cancelled on Thursday after incessant rains during the past two days caused waterlogging on the runway. According to airport officials, the runway was inundated by around 60 mm of rainfall on Thursday. The officials said flights can land and take off only if water logging was a maximum of around 3 mm.
The officials also informed Nagaland Post, that Air India flight 710 that landed on Thursday could not take off due to water logging on the runway. They said flights can resume operations by Friday after water logging is cleared. Besides the airport runway, vehicle parking area in the premises were also inundated due to clogged drains.
Meanwhile, passengers stranded at the airport, expressed dismay at the authorities for not giving information about cancellation of flights on Thursday.
Some of them recalled that water logging used to be a feature in the past and lamented that the authorities ignored this aspect. It was learnt that Air India has offered the stranded passengers with the option to either get refund for tickets or reschedule for next flights with no additional charge. It was also learnt that Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dr Virendra Kumar was scheduled to arrive Dimapur Thursday but had to return to Delhi due to cancellation of the incoming flight. None of the airport officials were willing to talk on whether adequate measures are being undertaken to prevent waterlogging at the airport runway.
Dimapur airport has become a busy terminal but it has fallen behind other airports in terms of modern facilities especially having an aerobridge.