Sunday, October 10, 2021

Mumbai: Festive weekend rush continues with long queues to enter airport

Mumbai: The festive season weekend rush of passengers continued at Mumbai airport on Saturday with long queues to enter the airport, drop check-in bags and longer queues to clear security.

But passing through terminal 2 of the Mumbai airport to reach the boarding gates was not as chaotic as it was on Friday. Many morning flights were delayed, largely by 20-25 minutes, showed Flightradar24, a live flight tracking app.

Deepa Verma (name changed), a media professional, said: “I reached the airport at 8.15 am for my 10.30 am flight. I spent 20-25 minutes in queue to enter the airport and another 40-45 minutes to clear security. I had no check-in bags, so thankfully could skip that queue.” She said airport staff were milling around, moving passengers to shorter queues.

The airport continued to make its appearance on social media. Photos taken inside the terminal building showed crowds waiting to clear security. “Never seen Mumbai airport mad like this ever. Not even back in the day. This is just another kind of mad. Again kudos to the staff and CISF,” tweeted @virnakai.

A low-cost airline official said that Friday morning is the most popular day of the week to fly out of the city. “Since Pune airport will be shut from October 16 to 29, we’re expecting higher passenger load on October 22-,” the source said.

10/10/21 Times of India

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