Are you scheduled to fly in to or out of Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport over the next two days? If yes, then here is some important information you must be aware of.
Flights to and from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai have been suspended on April 9 and 10, for six hours each day between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The routine exercise of removing rubber deposits on the runway has been scheduled in this time, a regular pre-monsoon maintenance practice.
Each year, during the monsoons, several airlines end up cancelling or re-scheduling the flights because of problems caused by water-logging and other issues.
Mumbai, the financial capital of the country, is one of the busiest airports in India and sees traffic of more than 800 flights each day. Hence, it is essential that it be ready to handle the air traffic during the monsoon season effectively.
“The maintenance work has to be carried out before the onset of monsoon season. Therefore slots (landing and take off 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 2018,” said a note sent by the airport to airlines, as reported by Times of India.
Besides the Mumbai Airport, Chandigarh International Airport runway will be closed from May 12 to May 31. Calicut International Airport runway will continue to remain closed till June 15, 2018 from12 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Jaipur International Airport runway will remain closed till May 31 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. and the runway at Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport in Lucknow will be closed till June 30 from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Do ensure that you check beforehand with the corresponding airline in case you have booked tickets to fly during any of these maintenance slots.