Mumbai Airport's main runway shut, 54 flights diverted

Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: July 02, 2019 14:39 IST
Mumbai Airport's main runway shut, 54 flights diverted

The heavy rain lashing Mumbai since Monday morning has caused large-scale flight disruptions at the city airport, the second biggest in the country after Delhi.

Mumbai airport authorities have said it could take up to 48 hours to re-open the main runway after it was closed late last night following a SpiceJet flight that overshot while landing amid heavy rain. A 150-meter-ramp is being prepared to help move the plane, a Boeing 737-800, which is still stuck at the end of the runway.
Domestic airlines have posted messages on social media warning people of cancellation and delays. Air Vistara has confirmed the cancellation of ten flights in and out of Mumbai, including flights to Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, and Chennai.
SpiceJet and Indigo have also tweeted, warning passengers that the rains in Mumbai could affect departures and arrivals. Both airlines have asked passengers to check for delays and cancellations of flights before leaving for the airport.
Since early morning on Tuesday, many incoming international flights have been diverted, according to airport officials. Due to inclement weather — crosswinds and tailwinds — 54 flights have been diverted and 52 cancelled.