Thursday, May 09, 2019

Delhi-Mumbai flight makes detour to Ahmedabad to refuel

Ahmedabad: A flight from Delhi to Mumbai which should have taken about two hours turned out to be a six-hour long journey for passengers who travelled by Air India flight, AI-665, on Wednesday.
After a 45-minute departure delay from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport, the flight was expected to land in Mumbai at around 11am.
However, owing to heavy air traffic congestion in Mumbai, the flight was diverted to Ahmedabad for refuelling.
“The flight departed from Delhi at 8.45am and was air-bound by 9.08am. However, it could not get landing clearance at Mumbai airport. As a consequence, the flight had to make a landing at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport in Ahmedabad at 12.06pm. After re-fuelling, the flight once again departed for Mumbai at 12.51pm,” said a source in the airport.
The source further confirmed that the flight finally landed at 2.45pm at Mumbai airport, amid continuing air traffic congestion.
Another flight to Mumbai, which was operated by GoAir was delayed by 40 minutes. “There is heavy air traffic congestion at Mumbai airport resulting in slight delay of GoAir flight G8-2505 Ahmedabad to Mumbai,” confirmed a GoAir spokesperson.
09/05/19 Times of India

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