Heavy rainfall disrupted domestic flights to Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday.
The director of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport told the Dhaka Tribune that some flights which were scheduled to arrive at the two regional hubs were diverted to the country’s main airport for safe landing.
“The drainage system of the Shahjalal airport is quite good, so there is no scope of flight disruption during rain,” Wing Commander Iqbal Karim said.
Although international flights were not affected by the weather on Wednesday, passengers still endured difficulties accessing the airport due to the streets becoming inundated with water, according to civil aviation sources.
Cox’s Bazar Airport Manager Sadhan Kumar Mohanta said heavy rainfall had delayed flights landing at the airport for the last week.
“During the last seven days, some flights en route to Cox’s Bazar had to land in Chittagong and then in Cox’s Bazar because of rain,” he said, adding that the situation had returned to normal by Wednesday.
Shakil Meraj, general manager and spokesperson of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, said: “Only the flights en route to Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar were disrupted because of rain.”
Flights from Chittagong were not disrupted, said Wing Commander Mohammad Riazul Kabir, airport manager of Shah Amanat International Airport.
“There were no delay or disruptions in flight operation from Chittagong airport,” he said.