Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Mumbai woes flood Ahmedabad airport

After heavy rains pounded Mumbai and its airport’s main runway shut down after an aircraft overshot it during landing, 12 flights were diverted to Ahmedabad airport – hitting air traffic here badly on Tuesday.
As a result, around 15 flights taking off from Ahmedabad airport were affected. A couple of flights were cancelled, too. As passengers of diverted flights were stranded at the airport since late night, many of them complained about not getting even basic services. Videos of ruckus at the airport went viral on social media.
In one video, passengers were seen shouting slogans against the airline. Of the flights diverted from Mumbai to Ahmedabad, two were international while 10 were domestic. All the flights landed at Ahmedabad airport between 11.47 pm on July 1 and 2.13 am on July 2. One of the international flights was from Dubai while the other was from Incheon international.
The domestic flight were bound for Delhi (3), Kolkata (2) and one each to Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, Jaipur and Coimbatore. Most of the flights departed from the city on Tuesday. As the flights were diverted to the city, around 1,000 passengers were stranded at Ahmedabad airport.
 Many passengers complained about airlines not providing basic facilities like food, water and space for rest. Druma Mehta, city-based film-maker and theatre actor told Mirror: “My flight to Mumbai was at 9.30 am. But when we reached the airport, we saw many passengers stranded at the airport since Monday night. There were many passengers who needed to reach Mumbai urgently. They included patients with serious ailments, passengers who had connecting international flights from Mumbai or had to attend a visa appointment. Situation was tense and people were losing patience. Passengers shouted slogans against the airlines for failing to provide basic services and arrange for their departure.”
 As the Mumbai-bound flights were diverted to Ahmedabad, around 15 flights initiating from the city were affected. As per sources, five of these were GoAir flights, out of which four were delayed by two to 12 hours. One GoAir flight was cancelled.
 03/07/19 Vishal Patadiya/Ahmedabad Mirror
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