The airport said that domestic and international services have been rescheduled for the suspended period and the updated timings will be available from the respective airlines.
Flight services will remain suspended between 4pm and 9pm on Tuesday.
Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram International Airport will remain suspended for five hours on Tuesday ahead of the Alpassi Arattu procession of Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, it announced in an official statement. No flights – domestic and international – will be operational from the airport between 4pm and 9pm, the statement added.
“To enable and facilitate the smooth continuation of a centuries-old ritual by Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple for the Alpassi Arattu procession, through the runway of the Thiruvananthapuram International airport, the flight services shall remain suspended from 1600 to 2100 hours on the November 1, 2022,” the statement read.
It added that domestic and international services have been rescheduled for this period and the updated timings will be available from the respective airlines.
What is the Alpassi Arattu procession?
The century-old Vishnu Temple was traditionally managed by its heirs, former Travancore ruler Marthanda Varma for over 1,000 years. Every year, the airport suspends its flight services at the time of the traditional Arattu procession (Arattu- ritualistic bath of the deity).
During the procession, Lord Vishnu’s idol is carried to the Shankumugham Beach, which is behind the airport. The deity is given a ‘holy dip’ twice a year – a tradition being followed from before the time the airport was established in 1932.