Stop bonfire on Bhogi day as it would affect flights in Chennai airport

2023-01-12 14:56:13 Logistics News (Airlines & Aviation)

Chennai airport authorities have urged people of Chennai to stop the customary bonfire as part of the Bhogi celebrations on January 13 as it would affect movement of planes

Bhogi celebration is the customary bonfire practiced preceding Pongal, the harvest festival of Tamil Nadu.

In 2018, the Airfield was covered with thick smoke emanating from the bonfire reducing visibility at Chennai Airport which in turn lead to diversions and cancellation of flights much to the inconvenience of passengers. Nearly 73 departures and 45 arrivals were affected.

However, during 2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022 Bhogi, through intense sensitisation among public and communities around Chennai Airport, the effect of the bonfire could be minimised with fewer disruptions in air traffic.

This time around too, as a precautionary measure and to avoid any flight disruptions, we sincerely request public staying in the proximity of Airport not to burn waste materials which creates thick smoke during ‘Bhogi’.

With the present foggy weather of Chennai, characteristic of winter, the scenario can be worse because of the smoke from bhogi bonfire. Since such activity brings down visibility in and around Chennai Airport leading to diversion(s) / cancellation(s) as well as passenger’s inconvenience, we will be extremely thankful to the valued public support for helping aviation at Chennai.

Pamphlets briefing concerns regarding ill effects of Bhogi bonfire to aviation are being distributed to villages in proximity to Chennai Airport

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