Thursday, August 31, 2017

Tired passengers take shelter on conveyor belt at Mumbai airport

Mumbai: After the heavy rains and floods in Mumbai, the passengers who had just landed at Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) sort refuge in its safe confines on Tuesday night. The huge crowds were in fact safer inside CSIA, though the seating arrangement was short. Mumbaikars that are used to a fourth seat in a train and can find safe spot sat on the conveyor belts to take some rest.

“The Mumbai International Airport Pvt Limited (MIAL) had arranged buses from terminal to main junctions of Mumbai like Andheri and Dadar. The passengers were not willing to move out of the airport the fear of being stranded on flooded roads,” said an eye-witness.

The visibly tired passengers which included women and children were seen taking rest on conveyor belt at international airport in Mumbai on Tuesday night. The scenes at the domestic airport too were no different. Mumbaikars returning from their holidays stayed put as many flights were cancelled.
“Stranded at Mumbai airport after an end to a wonderful vacation,” wrote Dr Anjali Kanitkar, who now heads the Directorate of Social Audit.

Several airlines cancelled their flights due to low visibility and strong wind amidst heavy downpour. Few flights were diverted to Ahmedabad.

The airlines have extended the waiver on penalties arising out of date or flight change.

In a bid to minimise the impact on network and hasten the recovery the Jet Airways has had to cancel a few scheduled flights of August 29 and August 30.
31/08/17 Diwakar Sharma/FreePressJournal