Chennai Airport in flood-devastated Tamil Nadu state reopened on Sunday, as rescue workers strove to help thousands of residents who flee catastrophic flooding.
The Chennai airport had closed on Wednesday leaving thousands of passengers stranded, following flood damages that has killed at least 280 since November 9.
"There was no damage to the runway. It remained under water for a few days but has been cleared now," national Aviation Minister Mahesh Sharma said as passengers started to gather at the airport.
"We had a few relief flights yesterday from the airport and today commercial flights have resumed their services."
However, rainfall was back again in Chennai on Sunday, which seems to hamper relief efforts alongside attempts to clear roads of waterlogged debris.