Wednesday, August 30, 2017

... but water keeps pilots away from skies

Mumbai: Airlines had to cancel or delay many flights here because crews could not reach the airport even though the rains that paralysed the city on Tuesday had eased up: Many roads continued to be under water.

Private carrier Jet Airways cancelled 19 flights out of the city, including some of its international services. Its other flights are delayed by up to two hours.

Though Air India did not cancel any of its flights, its operations were delayed by around half and hour on an average.

The airlines said though the situation was under control and the visibility improved, they were witnessing operational delays because the city roads remained water-logged for the second consecutive day on Wednesday and crew could not reach the airport.
Jet Airways, which had on Tuesday cancelled 12 flights including some international operations and diverted many, on Wedbesday said there were no diversions.

”Flights are released as per crew reporting. Due to which flights are getting delayed with the maximum delays going up to two hours,” the airline said in a statement.

”The total number of flights cancelled is 19 today. Many passengers, crew are stranded for hours due to non- availability of transport. Cockpit crew are coming by company transport, while some cabin crew are coming on their own,” it said.

Tuesday's torrential downpour crippled rail and road traffic in the megalopolis, which is slowly returning to normalcy.

While road traffic has improved, largely because of a public holiday announced by the state government, rail transport is limping and is far from returning to normalcy as water on tracks is yet to recede.

An Air India official said the airline has not cancelled any flights but the operations are delayed by at least 30 minutes.
30/08/17 PTI/Telegraph