Total nine flights were diverted and over a dozen flights were going around due to heavy downpour in Mumbai, said a senior official from Air Traffic Control (ATC) of Airports Authority of India (AAI).
“Typhoon-like weather. Cancelling my flight to Delhi for an Indo Australian meeting. Telling my Aussie friends I’m ‘Down Under’ water in Mumbai,” tweeted Anand Mahindra, executive chairman of Mahindra Group.
Most of the flights at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) were running an average delay of 35 minutes, said Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) spokesperson.
“No landing is taking place at CSIA but the flights are taking off. Visibility has been dropping to minimal at times due to heavy downpour,” added the spokesperson.
The ATC officer said that the minimum visibility required for landing is 550 metres. But the visibility is dropping continuously due to heavy downpour. Another senior official from Airports Authority of India (AAI) told the Free Press Journal that the operations at Juhu airport were suspended due to waterlogging in operations control room.
“Operations suspended from 3.30 pm to 6 pm due to low visibility and high wind pressure conditions,” said the officer.
Indigo airlines have diverted its three flights and two others have been cancelled. “Due to the incessant rainfall in Mumbai, three IndiGo flights, 6E-453 Coimbatore-Mumbai, 6E-5924 Guwahati-Mumbai and 6E-1708 Doha-Mumbai had to be diverted to Ahmedabad which was departed for Mumbai only after the weather was clear.”
“Further, two flights, 6E-665 Delhi – Mumbai and 6E-168 Mumbai – Delhi have been cancelled. All the passengers travelling on these flights have been informed on real time basis,” said Indigo spokesperson.