Monday, October 09, 2017

Now, pothole shuts airport’s main runway for four hours

Flight operations at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport were hit for four hours in the morning on Sunday, after a pothole was found to have developed overnight on the main runway. Aircraft were restricted to the secondary runway, leading to delays of 30 minutes and one hour in arrivals and departures respectively.

This is the second time in a little over a month that the airport has been brought to a standstill, after an inbound SpiceJet flight from Varanasi skidded off the main runway and mired itself in wet soil for over 20 hours. Though the secondary runway had been in use, flight were being delayed well after it was reopened.

Airport sources said the pothole was discovered during routine checks, and repair work was immediately initiated.

“The secondary runway was in use while repairs were being carried out on the main runway, beginning at 6.30 a.m. and ending at 10.30 a.m.,” a senior Air Traffic Control (ATC) official said. In a communication to passengers, Jet Airways said, “Air traffic congestion in Mumbai consequent to main runway closure in the morning. Departure delays of up to 50 minutes expected till 8 p.m.”
09/10/17 The Hindu

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