Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) will remain closed for six days a week, starting from next week.
A statement issued by MIAL stated, “Due to prolonged monsoon in Mumbai, the runway re-carpeting work at CSMIA (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus) has been postponed. Mumbai airport’s main runway09/27 will not be available for aircraft operations from November 4 to March 28 for repair and maintenance work. The closure will be from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, from Monday to Saturday. The primary runway at Mumbai airport can handle up to 50 arrivals and departure per hour.”
The second runway will be operational during the stretch which can handle at least 36 flights an hour. During festival and holidays the main runway of Mumbai airport will be operational at all hours.
According to a press release, the runway will be fully functional on December 25, January 1, February 19 and 21, March 10 and 25. With the partial closure, there will be a likely change in the routes of many aircraft. The timings of several international and domestic flights will be changed during this period.
Mumbai airport, the second busiest airport in the country, handled 48.5 million domestic and international passengers in 2018, according to data from the Association of Private Airport Operators.The airport witnesses more than 900 arrivals and departures every day.
Due to monsoons, the runway maintenance work has been postponed, Mumbai airport operator GVK Mumbai International Airport Ltd. (MIAL) said. Earlier, the repair work of the runway was to start from November 1.
This is not the first time that the main runway in Mumbai airport is shut for repair work. Earlier this year, both the runways were closed from February 7 to March 30 due to maintenance work. Last time, more than 200 flights were cancelled in a single day due to closure of the main runway at Mumbai airport. Airfares had also increased by about five to 10 per cent for flights originating and landing at Mumbai airport during that period.