Airports Authority of India (AAI) said all the stranded passengers are being moved out of the airport, but did not reveal the exact number of those evacuated so far. A NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) has been issued by AAI, which manages the airport, to all air operators with regard to
suspension of flight operations till 6 am tomorrow. This notice is a communication that informs pilots about potential risks to flight safety.
     
Around 1,500 passengers and 2,000 others working at the airport were stranded there in the morning, AAI Chairman RK Srivastava said. The process of evacuation of passengers is underway and the exercise is expected to be completed by this evening.
     
"All passengers are expected to be evacuated by 4 pm today. AAI has arranged six buses to evacuate the passengers from the airport," Srivastava said in New Delhi.
     
Srivastava said 66 arrivals and 53 departures have been cancelled since 2000 hours yesterday. "The runway is flooded but the terminal building is safe," he added. Chennai Airport authorities had initially shut operations till this morning but extended following incessant rains.

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