Thursday, January 04, 2018

Maha Bandh: Mumbai airport services crippled; 33 flights

Mumbai: Flight operations at Mumbai airport were badly hit today due to the Maharashtra-wide protest called by various Dalit groups, with 33 flights, 32 of them from Jet Airways, getting cancelled.

Besides, as many as 377 flights, both flying into andout of the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA), which is the worlds busiest single-runway airport, were delayed.

The shutdown, called to protest the states "failure" to stop violence against celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Bhima-Koregaon battle in Pune district on Monday, disrupted normal life across Maharashtra, including Mumbai.

The shutdown was called off by late evening.

"A total 33 flights were cancelled at the Mumbai airport. Of these 32 flights were from Jet Airways and one from Indigo," said an official of the Mumbai airport, which also is the second busiest airport in the country after Delhi.

Of the 32 flights cancelled by Jet Airways, 16 were to depart and the rest arriving flights, the official added.

"As the unrest escalated, crew members of some airlines reported late, while a few of them could not reach the airport on time which lead to these cancellations," the official said, without sharing the number of flights which were impacted due to the protests.
03/01/18 India Today