Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Flight operations at Mumbai airport suspended till 7 pm as severe Cyclonic Storm ‘Nisarga’ crosses Alibagh

Flight operations at the Mumbai airport will remain shut till 7 pm on Wednesday as a preventive step due to Cyclonic Storm Nisarga which made landfall near Alibagh in the afternoon with a wind speed of 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph.

The Mumbai International Ltd (MIAL) said the decision to temporarily suspend flight services at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) was taken in consultation with the Airport Authority of India (AAI)

"Considering the strong crosswinds, it has been decided that no arrivals and departures will take place between 2.30 pm and 7 pm," MIAL said in a statement.
A total of 19 flights were scheduled for Wednesday, which included 11 departures and eight arrivals to be operated by five airlines -- Air India, IndiGo, SpiceJet, GoAir and AirAsia India.

Earlier, the Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘Nisarga’ over Eastcentral Arabian Sea moved northeastwards with a speed of about 23 kmph during past 06 hours, crossed Maharashtra coast close to south of Alibagh with a maximum sustained wind speed of 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph between 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm, the India Meteorological Department said.

As of 2:30 pm, it lay centred over coastal Maharashtra, close to east-southeast of Alibagh, 75 km southeast of Mumbai and 65 km west of Pune.
03/05/20 Ahamad Fuwad/DNA

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