Main runway shut, flights at Mumbai airport hit

Flights in and out of Mumbai airport will be seriously affected over the next two months as the main runway has been shut for upgrading radars and other operational equipment.

Due to this, over 120 domestic departures at the Mumbai airport — which airport handles as many as 600 flights daily — have been affected, airport sources said. They added, "by the time the work gets completed, airlines' on-time performances will go for a toss, as the main runway will remain unavailable between 9 am and 5 pm till February 7".

They further said, "In the past two days, every airline has experienced a delay of up to 30 minutes as all the take- offs are now taking place from the 09-end of the main runway 09/27 due to the glide path relocation."

Mumbai airport authorities said the situation is unavoidable and all stakeholders, including aviation regulator DGCA, are taken into confidence prior to the commencement of the work.

The Mumbai airport and the Airports Authority of India are changing the glide path angle at the main runway (27) to 3 degrees from the present 3.3 degrees to meet international norms. The airport has two intersecting runways —the 11,000-ft long main runway and another 9,500-meter long secondary one.

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