Flight delays from Mumbai airport come down to 30 minutes
ILS maintenance work started on May 17 and will go on till June 5.mumbai Updated: May 22, 2018 00:57 IST
The congestion at the city airport was handled better on Day 5 of the maintenance and upgrade of the instrument landing system (ILS), with the average delay time of 500 flights to and from the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) coming down to 30 minutes.
On Sunday, incoming flights were delayed by 30 minutes, while departing by 50 minutes. A senior airport official said on Monday all departing flights took off on time for a short duration in the afternoon, and arrivals were delayed by 12 minutes.
According to flightradar24, a Swedish internet-based service that gives real-time aircraft flight information on a map, the average delay in departing flights was 45 minutes and arrival delay was around 14 minutes around early evening.
“Increased supervision, innovative ideas and utilisation of air traffic flow management (ATFM) system to regulate arriving flights and airport collaborative decision making (ACDM) system to regulate departures led to reduced delays in flight operations,” said a senior AAI official.
ILS maintenance work started on May 17 and will go on till June 5.
According to travel portals, the most affected routes were Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad.
According to airport authorities, a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) was issued to airlines as well as pilots in advance, implying they should have conveyed it to fliers. Sudhakar Reddy, president, Air Passengers Association of India (APAI), said, “Although the maintenance is crucial for safety of passengers, it is highly condemnable if passengers were not informed about the planned maintenance work in advance. As summer is the time when almost all flights are packed, opting for clubbing of passengers gets difficult owing to the load.”
Senior airport officials said apart from the ILS upgrade, several other factors added to the delay. “Regular maintenance work of the main runway, gusty winds and increased number of VIPs and non-scheduled flights led to unexpected delays,” said an official. While some fliers claimed they were prepared as the airlines gave updates on social media, others faced hassles. “I was travelling to Delhi on May 17 and was forced to sit in the aircraft for an hour. I was travelling by a 10pm flight and to reach around midnight, but I reached only around 3am. Authorities should plan such work in advance,” said Ajay Awtaney, a banker.