Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Poor visibility, delays hit flights

Visibility had dropped to 350 metres on the primary runway at Mumbai airport on Monday.
Heavy rains on Monday morning led to temporary suspension of aircraft movements at Mumbai international airport for nearly 20 minutes, leading to
cascading delays in domestic and international flight schedules ranging from 15 minutes to 45 minutes.
As suburban areas of Ghatkopar, Kurla, Santacruz, Marol and Andheri received heavy rainfall, visibility dipped to just 350 metres on the primary runway
09/27. As a result, arriving flights had to either go around or land in close-by airports, while departing flights had to wait till visibility improved
considerably.
“Due to heavy rains, there are no movements at the airport. Visibility has been fluctuating. Runway operations have been suspended from 9.12 am to 9.31
am,” said a Mumbai International Airport Ltd spokesperson on Monday morning.
As visibility fluctuated, Indigo’s Mumbai-Bengaluru flight at 8.35 am, Indigo’s Mumbai-Delhi flight at 8.40 am, and Vistara’s Mumbai-Delhi flight at
8.45 am were delayed by 13 to 19 minutes. Thereafter, the departure delays began increasing to nearly 55 to 64 minutes. Air India’s flights at 9 am to
Chennai and Delhi were able to depart at 9.56 am and 10.09 am respectively. The delays lasted till 1 pm, and gradually started reducing, according to the
flight data on flightradar24.com, a global air traffic monitoring website.
Several flights hovered over Mumbai airport, while some were diverted to other airports during the brief 19-minute suspension of operations. British
Airways flight BA 135 from London Heathrow to Mumbai which had a delayed departure from Heathrow did several go-arounds before it was diverted to
Hyderabad. Spicejet’s SG 8701 Delhi-Mumbai flight was diverted to Ahmedabad.
09/07/19 Mumbai Mirror

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