Incoming flights and departures scheduled during the eight-hour closure were running late by nearly an hour because the high tail-winds (winds blowing towards the course of an aircraft) disrupted operations on the secondary runway on Wednesday.
Since November 1, the airport operator has been shutting down the primary runway from 9am to 5pm for repairs that will continue daily till July 1. A Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) spokesperson confirmed the disruptions. “High tail-winds forced the air traffic control officials to hold up operations for a while and then switch ends for operations. This resulted in the delay,” said the spokesperson.
Fog is another problem likely to disrupt operations in the near future because the secondary runway is not equipped with ground aid, crucial for low visibility operations.