Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Mumbai rains: 20 flights cancelled, 280 delayed, claims report

Flight operations at the Mumbai airport were crippled partially on Wednesday due to the incessant rains that have been lashing the city since Tuesday with around 20 flights cancelled and another 280 delayed, as per a live flight tracking website.

However, much to the surprise for Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL), the private aerodrome operator, the operations were "normal".

The Mumbai Airport, with crossing runways, handles around 1,000 arrivals and departures per day.

As per the website, there was an average delay of 65 minutes in flights departing from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) with 76 per per outbound flights getting affected.

Besides, as many as 44 per cent of the incoming flights were delayed by an average 8 minutes.

Taken together, a total of around 280 flights were affected due to the rains.

A Mumbai Airport spokesperson earlier in the day, had said five flights had to do a go around and there was an average delay of 25 minutes.

"Operations at the airport were normal. The five go arounds mentioned earlier have landed in Mumbai thereafter. There are a few cancellations of IndiGo today, the spokesperson said in a statement issued in the evening without divulging any details.
04/09/19 PTI/India Today
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