Mumbai rains: 30 flights cancelled, 118 delayed at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport for second day as city braces for heavy downpour

With local train services slowing down or coming to a standstill and traffic snarls on major roads in Mumbai on Wednesday, airline and airport staff were unable to reach the workplace, resulting in delays and cancellations on Wednesday and its spill-over effect continued on Thursday as well.

Press Trust of India September 05, 2019 12:00:12 IST
Mumbai rains: 30 flights cancelled, 118 delayed at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport for second day as city braces for heavy downpour
  • As per a live flight-tracking website, 14 incoming and 16 outbound flights were cancelled on Thursday

  • In a brief statement, Mumbai International Airport Airport Ltd (MIAL) said that operations are normal

Mumbai: Flight operations at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) in Mumbai were affected for the second day with cancellation of 30 flights
and another 118 getting delayed on Thursday.

As per a live flight-tracking website, 14 incoming and 16 outbound flights were cancelled on Thursday. In addition, 118 flights were delayed, including 86 departure.

In a brief statement, Mumbai International Airport Airport Ltd (MIAL) said that "operations are normal".

Mumbai rains 30 flights cancelled 118 delayed at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport for second day as city braces for heavy downpour

A file image of the Mumbai international airport. PTI

"IndiGo has reported cancellations. Please contact the airlines for further information," it added.

"IndiGo suspended operations due to paucity of manpower on Wednesday night," a source said.

The airline said in a statement Thursday morning that operations have resumed as per the schedule.

"There are few cancellations to stabilize the operations. Therefore, we request the passengers to check their flight status before proceeding for the airport...All affected passengers are being accommodated on alternate flights," it said.

The operations at the country's second busiest airport had witnessed heavy disruptions on Wednesday as rains crippled the city.

Around 20 flights, most of them of IndiGo, were cancelled on Wednesday and 455 flights were delayed due to the incessant rains.

With local train services slowing down or coming to a standstill and traffic snarls on major roads, airline and airport staff were unable to reach the workplace, resulting in
delays and cancellations on Wednesday and its spill-over effect continued on Thursday as well, sources said.

"My IndiGo flight was scheduled to take off for Jaipur at 7.55 pm on Wednesday night. It took off at 6 am today and landed in Jaipur at 8 am. I boarded the flight around
midnight but all passengers remained seated in the aircraft till departure this morning," a passenger told PTI.

"There was no dinner. Passengers came onto the tarmac and created a ruckus. Someone even called CISF (Central Industrial Security Force)," he added.

The Mumbai airport handles around 1,000 flight arrivals and departures per day.

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