GEORGE TOWN, Nov 4 – Three flights which were scheduled to land at the Penang International Airport had to turn back to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and diverted to Langkawi International Airport due to bad weather today. Penang International Airport senior manager Ramzi Ahmad said the three flights, including one from overseas, could not land due to heavy rains and strong winds from 4.30 pm to 6 pm.
“One flight from KLIA had to turn back while two others from KLIA and Singapore were diverted to Langkawi International Airport and have landed safely there,” he said here today. He said at least four flights from Penang Airport could not depart to their respective destinations due to the same problem.
He added that operations at the Penang Airport were still running smoothly and so far, the airport has not been hit by floods despite heavy rains on the island since 2 pm today, causing flash floods in several parts of the state As of 7 pm, there were still flights which were delayed due to bad weather in Penang.
Several areas on the island were hit by flash floods between 0.2 metres to 0.5 metres high, while dozens of trees were uprooted after five hours of heavy rains and strong winds, beginning at 2 pm today. By 7.30 pm, almost 80 areas in the state were inundated with water following non-stop rain and rising river waters which coincided with high tides, causing water levels to rapidly overflow. — Bernama