For the second time in four months, a Jet Airways flight left some of the passengers’ luggage at the Delhi airport citing load restrictions for landing on Mumbai’s curtailed runway.
Mumbai’s primary runway is partially shut for repairs every Tuesday. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has reduced the permissible load capacity for flights operating on the shortened runway because of its reduced length.
On Tuesday, the baggage of some of the 190 passengers on board the Jet Airways Delhi-Mumbai flight 9W 2201 was offloaded at the Delhi airport to maintain the permissible limit of load allowed for landing on the shortened runway.
It was only when the passengers landed in Mumbai that they were informed that their luggage was left behind.
“It happens every Tuesday. Why didn’t the airline make the necessary arrangements earlier?” asked an irate passenger, refusing to give his name.
A Jet Airways spokesperson confirmed the incident. “Due to the payload restrictions necessitated by the restricted runway at the Mumbai airport on Tuesday, we offloaded some baggage at the Delhi airport. The baggage was subsequently carried to Mumbai and delivered to the respective passengers,” the spokesperson said.
A city-based travel agent, who had booked a business traveller from Delhi on the flight, said: “My client, who has a return flight on Wednesday, has not received his baggage yet. The airline should deliver the missing baggage to his Delhi residence.”
Earlier, on October 27 — the first Tuesday when the Mumbai airport’s runway was partially shut — a Coimbatore-bound Jetlite flight dumped passengers’ luggage in Mumbai at the last minute to shed load for a safe take-off.
The aviation regulator, however, has not taken any action against Jet Airways for dumping baggage at the last minute.
DGCA chief Nasim Zaidi did not respond to calls and text messages.