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Freak thunderstorm disrupts flights at Bengaluru airport

Heavy downpour in Bengaluru on Tuesday evening

As many as 14 flights were diverted and six departures were delayed in the evening today as heavy rain along with a thunderstorm with gusting winds and lightning  disrupted operations at Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport, according to airport authorities.

“Overall 14 flights were diverted out of which 12 were diverted to Chennai, one to Coimbatore and one to Hyderabad. Airline wise count – seven Indigo Flights, three Vistara, two Akasa Airlines and one each of Go Air and Air India. Six departures were delayed,” news agency PTI quoted an airport official as saying.

However, after the one hour of freak weather operations were limping back to normal and the flights diverted to Chennai were being refuelled to return to Bengaluru, the airport officials confirmed.