Mumbai airport runways to shut for six hours on Monday, Tuesday

The closing of runways hit flight services badly; more than 100 flights cancelled, many rescheduled and diverted.

mumbai Updated: Apr 09, 2018 18:27 IST
Neha Tripathi
Neha Tripathi
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Workers start pre-monsoon maintenance work at Mumbai airport. All runways will remain shut between 11 am and 5 pm on Monday and Tuesday.(HT Photo)

The two cross-runways at Mumbai airport will remain shut between 11 am and 5 pm on Monday and Tuesday for monsoon repairs.

Flight services at the Mumbai airport were hit badly today with two major carriers — Jet Airways and Air India — together cancelling over 100 flights and rescheduling about 70 services.

While Jet Airways cancelled a total of 70 flights, including 54 domestic services, Air India decided not to operate about 34 flights in view of the runway closure.

Additionally, Jet Airways also rescheduled another 70 flights, including 17 international ones. Air India diverted four flights.

Maintenance work will be carried out on the intersection of the main (09) and secondary (27) runway. The airport operator — Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd (MIAL) had informed all airlines earlier about the planned shutdown.

All airlines operating to and from the city airport have either cancelled or rescheduled their flights during these hours. A Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) was issued regarding the same, last month.

The rescheduled flights include AI 611 and 612 (Mumbai- Jaipur) and vice versa, AI 680 (Mumbai- Mangalore) and AI 696 (Varanasi- Mumbai).

Jet Airways rescheduled 17 international and 53 domestic flights and cancelled six international and 64 domestic flights. An Airports Authority of India (AAI) official said that the air traffic flow management (ATFM) system will be implemented after evening, once the runway gets operational post 5pm. This will be done to regulate traffic and avoid air congestion.”

A senior airport official, however, said that though all necessary measures have been taken to have minimum impact on passengers, traffic congestion is expected.

“The effect of airport closure will gradually reduce and everything will be brought to normal,” said the official.

In October, flight operations were severely hit due to a pothole on the main runway.

(With PTI inputs)

First Published: Apr 09, 2018 00:11 IST