Kolkata airport now functional, Air India hangar damaged
Kolkata: Kolkata’s Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport recommenced operations from Thursday afternoon after it was inundated by heavy rains due to Cyclone ‘Amphan’.
According to sources at the airport, operations recommenced at noon with the arrival of a Russian chartered plane for evacuation of stranded Russian nationals.
However, some parts of the airport still remain inundated with water, which is being pumped out.
An Air India official said: “Our hangar has suffered structural damage due to the storm. Ground teams are trying to assess the damage. However, due to the conditions there, the work is going at a slow speed.”
“None of our aircraft was damaged in this storm.”
Further, Air India CMD Rajiv Bansal told reporters that two aircraft of the national carrier parked at the Kolkata airport were not damaged while a private aircraft, which was parked in the Air India’s hangar, was damaged.
The super cyclone had a severe impact in West Bengal as it left at least 72 people dead and damaged property to a great extent.
Scenes from Kolkata airport showed the damage left behind as large airliners stood in a river of water. Houses were flattened, a massive number of trees uprooted as many feared damage to iconic structures in the city as well, as reports still pour in.
With landlines severed and no electricity for hours through the raging storm, many tweeted photos of destruction to property, waterlogging right inside their kitchen as they paddled through pools of water.
The severe cyclonic storm on Thursday weakened and lay centred over Bangladesh about 270 north-northeastwards of Kolkata with a wind speed of 27 kmph.