With no relief in sight from the heavy rainfall in Mumbai, flyers ran nto a nightmarish experience that caused stress, frustration and loss of time
With no relief in sight from the heavy rainfall in Mumbai, flyers ran nto a nightmarish experience that caused stress, frustration and loss of time. As many as 10 flights have been cancelled from city’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. As per ANI, 23 flights have been asked to go around till now and 7 flights have been diverted. The city has witnessed heavy rainfall, leaving the airport almost crippled with delays. The airlines have diverted a number of flights to other cities or asking planes to do go-arounds through the day, PTI said. At one point in time during the late afternoon, ANI reported that the airport operations were suspended temporarily.
Till evening, at least six flights have been cancelled, ten flights have been asked to go arounds and as many numbers of flights have been diverted. As per officials, while the main runway at the airport is operational, nearby aerodrome at Juhu has been closed as it is very close to the Arabian Sea, the agency added. They further said that flights have been delayed by an average of 45 minutes, the agency report added.
They also said that there is very low visibility on the runway due to strong winds and heavy rain. bringing some relief to harried passengers, Air India in a statement said it did not charge penalties on the date change, no-show, among others because of rains.
“In view of the inclement weather in the city, applicable penalties for re-issuance, date change, no-show and cancellations among others have been waived on all tickets issued on or before August 29 to travel from and to Mumbai,” Air India said in a statement.
According to the PTI, Indigo cancelled two flights. The airliner diverted three flights. Jet Airways also said it cancelled three flights. Heavy rains today affected the normal life in the city with rail, road and air services affected due to rains, added PTI.