In the wake of the extreme weather conditions due to cyclone Burevi, Trivandrum airport operations will be shut from 10 am to 6 pm on Friday.
A total of nine services will be affected – seven domestic and two international.
Airlines have been advised to reschedule services, to the convenience of passengers.
Airport operations will remain open for any emergency situation.
As of now, the situation is normal in and around the airport area with no rains or wind.
Cyclone Burevi has weakened into a deep depression and will cross the Tamil Nadu coast on the morning of December 4, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Thursday. The IMD had earlier predicted that Burevi, which crossed the Sri Lanka coast on Wednesday night, would hit the Tamil Nadu coast as a cyclonic storm. Deep depression is a stage of cyclone formation or de-intensification.
The Kerala government has declared a holiday in five districts for Friday as the state remains on high alert with heavy rains expected when cyclone Burevi makes landfall. The India Meteorological Department (IMD), in its latest bulletin, has said Burevi may make landfall in Kerala on December 4 and has issued red alert and cyclone warning for south Tamil Nadu and south Kerala coasts.
A statement issued by the state government said a public holiday has been declared for the districts of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha and Idukki in the state.
Over 2,000 relief camps have been opened in Kerala, it said. The international airport here will remain shut from 10 am to 6 pm on December 4.
The IMD has predicted that the course of the storm will be through the border areas of Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts and the government, along with various departments and the Army, were ready to face the contingencies, he said. The Thiruvananthapuram International Airport will remain closed on December 4 from 10 am to 6 pm, district collector Navjot Khosa said.