Monday, October 31, 2016

Mumbai airport shut for 5 hours for repair work

Mumbai: More than 2,000 flight operations will be hit at the city airport as both the main as well as secondary runways of the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) are shut for five hours for nine days beginning today through November 28 for surface repairs.

CSIA said they will be closing down the only main runway (No 09/27) as well the as the secondary runway (No 14/32) for five hours on October 31, November 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24 and 28, which is likely to affect as many as 2,100 flights.

The runways will be shut from the peak 1200 hrs to 1700 hrs, the airport added.

"On an average there are 45 air traffic movements an hour. So a five-hour shutdown means 225 movements could be hit," the airport operator MIAL said today.

None of the airlines responded to queries from on the impact on their operations.

Ironically, despite being the nation's second busiest airport, the CSIA has only one main runway (as one-third of the airport land is occupied by slum squatters who are refusing to move out into newly built apartments) and yet manages around 50 flights during peak hours, making it one of the most efficient airports in the world.

In November 2010 also, the airport operated by the GVK Group, had conducted similar repair work, months after it opened the spanking new terminal-T2 in February of that year.
31/10/16 PTI/Mumbai Mirror