Monday, October 11, 2021

Mumbai airport to reopen Terminal 1 for domestic flights from October 13 following choas, flight delays

Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) is set to reopen its Terminal 1 for domestic flights from October 13, the airport's holding company Mumbai International Airport Ltd said in a statement. 

GoFirst will resume all their domestic operations from Terminal 1 from October 13, the private airport operator said in a release, adding that AirAsia India will start operating flights from the terminal from October 16, instead of the earlier planned October 20 resumption.

Star Air and TruJet are still expected to start operating flights from the terminal from October 20.

The airport will also look to advance operating some IndiGo flights from Terminal 1 if deemed necessary, which were earlier scheduled to be started from October 31.

The airport will also ask airlines to allow passengers to check in their cabin luggage to avoid delays at security handling.

he move to advance the operations of Terminal 1 comes after a surge in traffic on October 8 due to the festive season resulted in delays in passenger processing at CSMIA, which caused flight delays and in some cases caused passengers to miss their flights.

According to media reports on October 8, a large number of passengers were not able to reach the boarding gate on time causing most morning flights to depart late.

Of the 115 domestic flights scheduled to depart from Mumbai airport between 6 am and 12 noon, about 105 were delayed beyond 15 minutes, reports said.

CSMIA in its statement also said that while security aspects cannot be compromised under any circumstances, the airport has been working with the passengers who were affected due to the congestion on October 8 and accommodated most of them on alternative flights.

The Mumbai airport authorities had suspended flight services from T1 in mid-April after the deadly second wave of the pandemic hit the country. All operations were moved to T2, which is largely used for international connectivity.

11/10/21 Yaruqhulluh Khan/Moneycontrol

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