Sunday, September 24, 2017

Mumbai airport: MoCA seeks info on losses during runway closure

Mumbai: The civil aviation ministry has sought details from the Mumbai airport authorities about the flights that were cancelled and losses suffered by the airlines during the non-operation of the main runway following the skidding of a SpiceJet aircraft earlier this week.

The ministry has also directed the airport authorities to provide details about the losses suffered by the carriers due to the non-operation of the main runway for over 25 hours, a source said.
As many as 183 flights were cancelled and dozens of others diverted to the nearby airports after a SpiceJet Boeing 737 aircraft skidded of the runway after landing from Varanasi on Tuesday due to heavy rains and got stuck in mud, thereby blocking the traffic on it.

“The Ministry has asked the city airport authorities to provide to it details about the flights that were cancelled in the wake of SpiceJet plane skidding,” an official source said.

Besides, the ministry has also asked the airport authorities to give details about the flights that were diverted to other airports, the official said.

It has also sought details of the losses suffered by the airlines due to the large-scale disruptions in operations from the late evening of September 19 to late night of September 20, the official said.

Mumbai airport is run under a joint venture company, Mumbai Airport International Airport Limited (MIAL), in which GVK-led consortium holds 74 per cent stake and the rest 26 per cent are held by the Airports Authority of India (AAI).
23/09/17 City Today

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