A total of 11 flights headed to Beirut were diverted to Larnaca Airport last night because of the adverse weather conditions in the eastern Mediterranean.
The Cyprus News Agency said that the diversions affected flights from Madrid, Amman, two from Cairo, as well as flights from Casablanca, Istanbul, Abu Dhabi, Jeddah, Paris and Dubai.
One flight had left from Larnaca for Beirut but returned.
A total of 658 passengers were affected by the diversions. Five flights later took off and landed in Beirut. The passengers of three flights were taken to hotels in Larnaca and those on the remaining three remained at the airport.
Sources said that four of the six flights were later carried out, leaving only the flight from Cairo and Abu Dhabi.
The met office has last night issued two yellow alerts warning of heavy rain and very strong winds. The first of these remains in force until 4 pm this afternoon.