Passengers are likely to face problems in and out of Mumbai as airport in the city has been closed for flight operations for six hours today and tomorrow for planned pre-monsoon preventive maintenance work.
The work is being carried out in the main runway between 11 AM to 5 PM. The flights have been rescheduled to another time slot while more than 100 flights are canceled. Jet Airways canceled 70 domestic flights and SpiceJet canceled 18 flights.
The maintenance work will also take place tomorrow at the same time.
“The maintenance work has to be carried out before the onset of monsoon season. Therefore slots (landing and takeoff timings) will not be available during this period. All affected airlines are advised to cancel or reschedule their flights during the closure period on 9 and 10 April 20118,” said a note sent by the airport to airlines. Related Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) will be taken accordingly.
The post-monsoon maintenance work will be carried out on October 23 between 11 AM and 5 PM and the airport will be closed during this period. Therefore the slots will not be available during this period too.
The Mumbai airport handled around 980 planes every day during January this year. The airport has already crossed its installed capacity (48 million passengers), well above the installed capacity of 40 million passengers this fiscal.
A similar block of shutting the main runway for few hours in the day was also conducted by Mumbai International Airport Limited authorities between February 1 and February 17 during which several flights were delayed and some were canceled.