Mumbai Airport operations hit amid heavy rains: Brace for delays, diversions

Mumbai Airport operations hit amid heavy rains: Brace to delays, diversions
According to officials, flight movements were halted from around 9:10 am to 9:30 am due to heavy rain and poor visibility (Representational Image, Courtesy: India News Nine)

The flight operations at Mumbai International Airport, the country’s second busiest airport, were briefly halted early Monday morning amid heavy rain and poor visibility.

“Due to heavy rains, there are no movements at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, Mumbai,” a Mumbai Airport spokesperson was quoted as saying.

According to officials, flight movements were halted from around 9:10 am to 9:30 am. Although operations have resumed since then, there is some delay.

As of 11 am, arrivals are running late by around 5 minutes on average while departures are delayed by 19 minutes, data from airline tracker Flightradar24 showed.

While there were no cancellations, at least three flights, including a British Airways flight from London, were diverted to other airports.

The disruption comes barely three days after full-fledged operations resumed at Mumbai Airport, whose main runway was rendered unusable for the better part of last week after a SpiceJet aircraft got stuck after skidding off on arrival.

A team of Air India Engineering Services Ltd (AIESL), which had been carrying out the aircraft recovery work since Tuesday afternoon, managed to remove the aircraft late Thursday night and regular operations resumed from Friday.

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