The updated schedules will be available from the respective airlines, an official statement said
The Thiruvananthapuram International Airport in Kerala on Tuesday announced the suspension of flight services for five hours.
In an official statement, the airport said services will remain suspended on November 1 ahead of the Alpassi Arattu procession from the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple.
“To enable and facilitate the continuation of a centenary ritual of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple for Alpassi Arattu procession, through the runway of Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, flight services will remain suspended from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM on (sic) November. 1 of 2022,” the airport statement said.
Domestic and international services have been rescheduled for this period and updated schedules will be available from the respective airlines, he said.
Before closing it for the biannual festival, the airport issues a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) as it is held twice a year, first between March and April for the Panguni festival and then in October and November to celebrate Alphasy.
This century-old Vishnu temple has been traditionally managed by the heirs of the temple, the ancient ruler of Travancore Marthanda Varma for more than 1,000 years.
During the traditional procession, the idol of Lord Vishnu is taken to the Shankumugham beach, which is just behind the Thiruvananthapuram airport. The deity is then given a “holy dip” twice a year, a ritual that has been carried out since before the airport was established in 1932.
Garuda Vahanas priests along with hundreds of people and four elephants adorned with rich decorative coverings carry the Utsav Vigraha of the deities Padmanabhaswamy, Narasimha Moorthy and Krishna Swami and walk this long track to Shankumugham beach.
After diving on this beach, the idols will be taken back to the temple with the procession marked with traditional torches, which will mark the conclusion of this festival.