Maintenance work forces Mumbai airport in India to shut down

Published on : Monday, October 31, 2016

mumbai-airportThe Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at the Indian city of Mumbai is going to shut down and put a stop to all the activities for five hours on Monday, 31st October due to a scheduled maintenance work.



The airport authorities have informed that the airport will shut down from 12:00 pm to 5 pm local time to repair the runway on Monday. The officials have already informed the pilots and the airlines about the scheduled closure of the airport. The shut down has forced the airlines to either change the schedule of the flight or cancel it.



According to air traffic controllers, the airport is about to experience an air traffic congestion after 5 pm.



The aviation industry experts think that the airport closure on Monday will hit the schedule of almost 1,600 domestic and international flights.



The airport has started the maintenance work on 18th October and it will continue till the last week of November. According to sources, on several occasions during the maintenance work, the runway will remain closed in the afternoon in order to carry out a preservation work.



As the runway closure is worsening the air congestion with time, the government has urged a British agency to discover ways, so that the hourly handling capacity of the runways at the Mumbai airport can increase.



One of the spokespersons for the Airports Authority of India has informed that Mumbai airport’s operator has asked the UK-based NATS to do a study to optimise the use of runways, at the behest of the aviation ministry.

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