Published on : Monday, January 16, 2017
Following the burning of old articles on the occasion of Bogi festival, dense smoke engulfed Chennai airport causing delay of nineteen international and domestic flights to and from the capital city on Friday.
Fourteen arriving and departing flights from and to various destinations including Muscat, Mauritius and Colombo were delayed by a maximum of two hours, airport officials said here.
While an international carrier from Dubai was diverted to Kochi, five domestic services including those to Bengaluru and Coimbatore were delayed as a result of the smoke hindering the view, officials added.
Bogi is celebrated a day ahead of the harvest festival (Pongal), where old and unwanted articles of the past year are burnt in a symbolic gesture to usher in the new aspects of life.