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Authorities shut Cox’s Bazar, Ctg airports amid advancing cyclone

DHAKA, May 29, 2017 (BSS) - The Civil Aviation Authority (CAAB) today suspended domestic and international flight operations in Cox's Bazar and Chittagong routes, temporarily shutting down the two airports as an advancing cyclone is predicted to hit the southern coastlines early tomorrow.

CAAB officials said they suspended the air traffic movements to and from Cox's Bazar Airport until further notice while flight operations at Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport will be closed at least until 2pm tomorrow from midnight today.

"We closed the Cox's Bazar Airport till further notice as cyclone Mora is likely to hit early tomorrow," CAAB flight safety director Ziaul Kabir told BSS.

Shah Amanat International Airport manager Reazul Kabir said flight operations in Chittagong were suspended from midnight today initially until 2 pm tomorrow.

"We will reopen the airport if weather permits after 2 pm tomorrow . . . the suspension period will linger if the brunt of cyclone badly affects our airport infrastructure," he said.

Biman Bangladesh Airlines spokesman Shakil Meraj said all ground support equipment at Cox's Bazar Airport were relocated to safety to avoid damages to be caused by Mora.

The flight schedule at Hazarat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka, however, remained unchanged, he said.

The cyclonic storm 'Mora' over north-bay and adjoining east central bay is feared to be intensified further and move in a northerly direction and predicted to cross Chittagong -Cox's Bazar coast by tomorrow morning, the latest weather bulletin said this evening.

The situation prompted the met office to issue great danger signal no 10 for Chittagong and Cox's Bazar ports and great danger signal 8 for Mongla and Payra ports.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)