Between 4-8 am, both the incoming and the outgoing air traffic suffered.
Flight services resumed after 9 am.
No flights took off during this period, resulting in delays and scores of passengers waiting at the airport.
A report on NDTV quoted a senior officer at the airport saying, “The visibility has dipped to 50 metres and since 3:30 am we have no flight activity. We hope there would be interested in an hour once breeze sets in clearing the air.”
The celebrations started on Saturday morning with people setting bonfires on the streets with agricultural and household waste.
Bonfires made using mats, paper, clothes and cardboard boxes dotted the streets of Chennai from as early as four on Saturday morning.
Meanwhile, motorists plied their vehicles with their headlights on following the smoke cover which descended on the city and its neighbourhoods.
The government launches regular awareness campaigns ahead of Bhogi, aimed at smoke-free celebrations of the day.
Over the last ten years, the pollution control board in Tamil Nadu has been generating awareness ahead of Pongal, asking people to avoid burning materials.