Mumbai flights stranded on the airports for almost 7 hours due to heavy downpour.
Due to the recent heavy rainfall and flood-like situation in several areas of the city, flight operations at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport were affected for the second day, resulting in the cancellation of 30 flights and 118 flights getting delayed. According to a live flight-tracking website, 14 incoming and 16 outbound flights were cancelled on September 5 and 118 flights got delayed, including 86 flights for the departure. However, Mumbai International Airport Airport Limited (MIAL) gave a statement to PTI stating that flight operations are normal.
India Meteorological Department (IMD) for Mumbai issued a red alert as heavy rains continued to lash the city since Tuesday night. Out of the 150 weather stations in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, around 100 recorded over 200 mm rainfall in last 24 hours, the weather department said. Deputy Director-General of Meteorology, IMD Mumbai, KS Hosalikar said that more than 100 mm rainfall in three hours is extremely heavy rainfall.
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”.
Around 20 flights, mostly by IndiGo, were cancelled on Wednesday. Apart from this, 455 flights were delayed due to the incessant rains. National carrier Air India has tweeted saying that the airline had waived off cancellation and refund charges as well as penalties for re-issuance, and date change for its domestic and international flights. The airline also asked flyers to check flight status via its official website, mobile app or customer care before coming to airport. Go Air has said that its flights from and to Mumbai airport will be delayed due to bad weather conditions. It has advised its passengers to plan accordingly.
The Delhi-bound flight of Indigo airlines with passengers on board was delayed by more than seven hours on Wednesday at Mumbai airport amid rain and water logging in the city. Harassed passengers took to twitter complaining about the delay, lack of food and water and inconvenience caused to kids and elderly.
Flight 6E-6097 was scheduled to leave Mumbai at 3:15 pm and reach Delhi at 5.30 pm. But, the plane departed at 9:55 pm.
Comments from IndiGo were sought specifically about the hugely-delayed 6E-6097 that saw passengers remaining holed up inside for almost seven hours. While the airline did not give details of this particular flight like the reasons of its prolonged delay and number of passengers, it said about the situation on Wednesday at Mumbai and the mega city’s airport: “Due to the unprecedented non-stop rains in Mumbai, there (were) close to 30 flights on ground (on Wednesday). As a result of flooding and water logging on roads and subsequent traffic jams, many of our ground support staff, crew and captains (were) not been able to reach the airport on time. As a result, departure flights have also been held up. We are doing everything possible to restore normalcy.”
On Thursday morning, the airline issued a statement – “Situation at Mumbai airport has been largely normalized and operations have resumed as per the schedule. There are few cancellations to stabilize the operations. Therefore, we request the passengers to check the status of their flight before proceeding for the airport. We thank MIAL for their support. This eased the situation at the Mumbai airport Wednesday night. All affected passengers are being accommodated on alternate flights.”