Run­way re­pairs may de­lay flights from two met­ros

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flights to and from Mum­bai and Delhi air­ports are ex­pected to be resched­uled or can­celled later this year, when run­ways at In­dia’s busiest air­ports are sched­uled to be closed for main­te­nance work.

More than 250 flights per day are ex­pected to be af­fected at Mum­bai’s Ch­ha­tra­p­ati Shivaji In­ter­na­tional Air­port (CSIA), which sees about 46 ar­rivals and de­par­tures per hour, when both its run­ways will re­main closed for six hours for main­te­nance work on 23 Oc­to­ber and on ev­ery al­ter­nate day from 7 Fe­bru­ary and 30 March 2019.

About 100 flights are ex­pected to be af­fected ev­ery day from 15 Novem­ber and 27 Novem­ber at Delhi In­ter­na­tional Air­port (DIAL) when one of the three run­ways will be closed for main­te­nance work.

“DIAL is plan­ning the clo­sure of Run­way (num­ber) 27/09 to carry out pre­ven­tive re­pairs. The works are sched­uled to be un­der­taken for a 13-day du­ra­tion start­ing from 15 Novem­ber 2018,” a DIAL spokesper­son said in an e-mail.

“This will lower the ca­pac­ity of IGI (Indira Gandhi In­ter­na­tional) Air­port by 50 ar­rivals and 50 de­par­tures ev­ery day in this du­ra­tion. The work is es­sen­tial for safe air­craft op­er­a­tions and to avoid sud­den dis­rup­tions that cause greater im­pact be­cause of the time re­quired for plan­ning the lo­gis­tics,” the DIAL spokesper­son said.

The main­te­nance work at the Mum­bai air­port will be car­ried out at the in­ter­sec­tion of the run­ways, lead­ing to the clo­sure of both run­ways. “We have al­ready in­formed the air­lines months in ad­vance about the sit­u­a­tion and have en­cour­aged them to bring in wide body air­craft (so that they have enough ca­pac­ity),” said a CSIA spokesper­son.

The main­te­nance work will lead air­lines to resched­ule and even can­cel flights from two of the busiest air­ports of the coun­try dur­ing the peak win­ter sea­son.

An In­digo spokesper­son said the air­line is “work­ing with the re­spec­tive air­ports to min­imise the im­pact of the run­way clo­sures on the trav­el­ling pub­lic”.

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