Mumbai city’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA), which had earlier decided to keep all operations shut till 4 pm on Monday, given the cyclone alert, has now extended the closure period to 6 pm.
After announcing the suspension of all flight service at the facility from 11 am to 2 pm, initially, the private airport later extended it to 4 pm.
Further, three city-bound flights operated by budget carriers IndiGo and SpiceJet were diverted due to the city airport’s closure.
A city-bound IndiGo flight was diverted to Hyderabad and a SpiceJet flight to Surat, while one IndiGo flight was sent back to Lucknow, as per CSMIA.
India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange alert for Mumbai, warning of very heavy rains at isolated places with strong winds on Monday as cyclone Tauktae is likely to pass close Mumbai coast.
Gusty winds and rains lashed Mumbai and its neighbouring areas overnight, and on Monday morning, the cyclonic storm was heading towards Gujarat.