Foul weather hits air­port ops; 20 flights can­celled, thou­sands hit

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Nearly 20 flights ar­riv­ing at and de­part­ing Mum­bai air­port were can­celled on Sun­day, im­pact­ing thou­sands of pas­sen­gers. Four Al­liance Air flights, and around 16 Jet Air­ways flights were can­celled, ac­cord­ing to fligh­tradar24, an air traf­fic mon­i­tor­ing web­site.

Jet Air­ways said in a state­ment, “A few flights of Jet Air­ways were can­celled to­day due to op­er­a­tional rea­sons. The air­line re­grets the in­con­ve­nience it caused to its guests. Af­fected guests have been re-ac­com­mo­dated while those seek­ing re­funds have been com­pen­sated as per ap­pro­pri­ate guide­lines.”

A sud­den burst of hail storm hit north In­dia over the week­end, while snow has also per­sisted in sev­eral parts of the re­gion, ow­ing to which sev­eral flights were de­layed or di­verted. This re­sulted in a cas­cad­ing ef­fect on sev­eral flights the fol­low­ing days as well. “Flights of sev­eral air­lines were im­pacted, partly also due to the staff ros­ter be­ing changed or many crew mem­bers be­ing on leave, This caused de­lays and di­ver­sions amid ex­treme weather con­di­tions in north In­dia,” said an of­fi­cial from Mum­bai air­port.

Even sev­eral

Indigo flights were im­pacted be­cause of this. “Due to a se­vere hail­storm in North In­dia on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 7, 2019, 11 Indigo flights were di­verted. Con­se­quently, this dis­rupted op­er­a­tions across our net­work the fol­low­ing day. As part of re­cov­er­ing our sched­ule, po­si­tion­ing of crew and air­craft had to be read­justed. As a re­sult, a num­ber of flights were can­celled,” Indigo said in a state­ment.

How­ever, sev­eral irate pas­sen­gers took to so­cial me­dia to air their griev­ances, ex­press­ing their dis­plea­sure at the last-minute can­cel­la­tions of their flights. Aditya Nan­dulla took to Twit­ter to say: “Flight 9W681 BOM-LKO can­celled at last mo­ment. My par­ents were wait­ing for board­ing pass at Mum­bai air­port, and Jet team an­nounced this.”

Prek­sha Palod was an­other such pas­sen­ger. “Have been stranded at Mum­bai air­port since 5 in the morn­ing. No sup­port from @je­tair­ways staff. Just fool­ing the pub­lic,” she said.

Im­age for representational pur­poses only

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