Ahead of Cyclone Yaas, Ministry of Civil Aviation chaired a meeting on Monday to take stock of the preparedness of various airports that may likely be impacted by the cyclone.
The virtual meeting was attended by Sanjeev Kumar, Chairman, Airports Authority of India, Member (Ops) and Member (Planning), Regional Executive Director (Eastern Region), AAI, Director (Eastern Region), Indian Meteorological Department, Station Commander and Senior Meteorological Officer, Indian Navy and Airport Directors of airports from Eastern and Southern Regions.
Due to heavy rain and winds of 20-25 knots gusting up to 35 knots, scheduled civil flight operations at the Port Blair Airport in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands has been suspended for today.
Senior management at AAI, along with IMD, is consistently monitoring the situation at all other airports in Southern and Eastern India.
Secretary (Civil Aviation) instructed that all preventive measures be in place at all airports that are likely to be impacted by the Cyclone, to minimise any damage.
Keeping safety of airport infrastructure, manpower and safe flight operations in mind, airports have been advised to ‘anticipate, plan and protect’ to safeguard the airport infrastructure and civil aviation services.
As per the latest Weather Bulletin by IMD, after laying practically stationary over East-central Bay of Bengal, Cyclone Yaas is very likely to move slowly north-northwestwards, intensify further into a Severe Cyclonic Storm during next 24 hours and into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm during subsequent 24 hours. It would continue to move north-northwestwards, intensify further and reach Northwest Bay of Bengal near north Odisha and West Bengal coasts by May 26 early morning.
It is very likely to cross north Odisha-West Bengal coasts between Paradip and Sagar islands around noon of May 26 as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm.