Flight operations at the Mumbai airport were crippled due to the incessant rains that have been lashing the city since Tuesday. More than 20 flights were cancelled and another 280 delayed, leaving passengers stranded at the airport for hours together. Owing to water-logging on roads and the subsequent traffic jams, ground support staff, cabin crew and pilots were unable to reach the airport on time resulting to several flight delays at the Mumbai airport.
24 IndiGo flights grounded; passengers stranded at Mumbai Airport
Due to the unprecedented non-stop rains and unavailability of airline’s staff, about 24 Indigo flights were grounded as they were unable to operate overnight. This led to cascading delays of departure flights and cancellations too. Many passengers were stranded at the terminal. Some complained that the airlines didn’t provide any update on their flights and they were left to only speculate on their situation.
Mumbai-Delhi IndiGo flight stranded for over 7 hours
A Delhi-bound IndiGo flight continued to be stranded on the Mumbai airport runway for over 7 hours. Flight 6E-6097 was scheduled to leave Mumbai at 3:15 pm and reach Delhi at 5.30 pm. Unfortunately, the flight did not take off from the runway with passengers stuck inside the aircraft from 3.15 pm till 10 pm after pilots of the aircraft refused to fly due to Flight Duty Time Restrictions (FDTL) and unavailability of new crew. This aroused chaos in the cabin and the furious passengers locked in the flight took to Twitter to address their grievances. Some also complained to the DGCA and Ministry of Civil Aviation of the 7-hour delay without water and enough refreshments. Finally, the plane departed at 9:55 pm.
Heavy rains takes toll on Mumbai Airport operations
Heavy rain caused delays in the departure and arrival of several flights in Mumbai. The airport with crossing runways, daily handles around 1,000 arrivals and departures. But according to flightradar24, a live flight tracking app, there was an average delay of 65 minutes in flights departing from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA). Besides, as many as 44 per cent of the incoming flights were delayed by an average 8 minutes. Perhaps, a total of 280 flights were affected by heavy rains. And, as the entire airport operations and agencies were terribly affected in the past few days, it will take a while for the situation to be completely normal.