Flight service resumes at SSR airport after forecast of tropical storm

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January 20, 2018: The flight services at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (SSR) resumed after a brief suspension of on January 17 as Mauritius was put on alert for a possible tropical cyclone %u2018Berguitta'. 

According to reports, Port Louis Harbour, which is the main port was also closed. It is the country's principal shipping gateway that handles about 99 percent of the overall volume of cargo.

A cyclone warning Class-3 was issued by the Mauritius Meteorological Services, and in accordance with the airport cyclone procedure, Airports of Mauritius Co. Ltd (AML) had suspended its flight services on January 17. However, it resumed its operation a day after.

AML made all possible attempts in close collaboration with the airport stakeholders to restore on arrivals and departures from Mauritius. It included handling over 20,000 stranded passengers who could not travel because of cyclone along with 30 additional flights.

AML and ATOL had deployed additional staff to better manage the large number of passengers. Special arrangements were also made in the passenger terminal of the airport to help passengers. Access to certain parts of the registration room was temporarily reserved for passengers. 

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