On the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, the Maharana Pratap Airport in Dabok, Udaipur has been closed on May 3 without giving any prior notice to travellers. As a result, all outbound and inbound flights to and from Udaipur have been cancelled, according to flight tracking website FlightRadar24.
According to airport officials, the airport was closed due to runway maintenance as a result of the unexpected spike in temperature in the city and elsewhere. While officials initially stated that the airport would be temporarily closed until maintenance work was completed, they later announced that the airport would be closed for the entire day.
“Providing safe aircraft operations is our top most priority. Due to safety issues, runway at Udaipur Airport will remain closed today (3rd May, 2022). Inconvenience is regretted,” an official statement issued by the Airport reads.
Providing safe aircraft operations is our top most priority. Due to safety issues, runway at #Udaipur Airport will remain closed today (3rd May, 2022). Inconvenience is regretted.— Udaipur Airport (@AirportUdaipur) May 3, 2022Advertisement
Passengers were asked to return to the airport, causing chaos. Many travellers arrived at the airport for their scheduled flights in the morning and were asked to return.
Several airlines, including TruJet, Vistara, and IndiGo, were scheduled to fly to and from Delhi, Mumbai, and Jodhpur.
The authorities stated that the disruption was just temporary and that the runway would be operational from 1pm onwards. However, around 8:15 a.m., an announcement was made that the airport had been closed for the day and all flights had been cancelled.