Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Airport mega block: 225 arrivals, departures hit on Day 2

Mumbai: The second day of the airport ‘mega block’ on Tuesday went without a hitch when the contractors completed the crucial pre-monsoon maintenance work on the runway and intersection of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, clearing the strips of rubber deposits.

The airport closure affected the arrival and departure of 225 flights on Tuesday. Aircraft leave rubber deposits from their tyres when they land. Over time, aviation experts say, the build-up affects the level of friction of the runway, noticeably as a reduction in braking and ground-handling performance and this can lead to incidents such as runway overrun or a lateral slide off the runway.

A similar exercise will be carried out between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on October 23, and the airport will be closed during this period. Mumbai airport, like all others in the country, has incorporated rubber removal into its maintenance schedule, with the frequency based on the number of take-offs and landings on each runway. The process involves using water at high pressure, abrasives, chemicals and other mechanical means.

While IndiGo has cancelled 30 flights (arrivals and departures), Jet Airways’ website shows close to 70 cancellations, including international flights. A SpiceJet spokesperson said 18 flights have been cancelled. “Passengers are requested to connect with their respective airlines,” a statement from Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) said.
11/04/18 The Hindu

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