Fliers have got a respite of two to three days from possible flight delays.
The Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL), which had announced the closure of the primary runway from October 28 (Monday) till May 2014 every day between 9am and 5pm, has now delayed it for two-three days due to “technical reasons”. So, for the next few days, flights are expected to take off and land without much delay.
The primary runway was to undergo major changes from Monday as construction of two rapid-exit taxiways was planned. While all technical and administrative formalities, including the approval of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), have been completed, the work was deferred at the last moment due to errors in the calibration of the runway. Larsen & Toubro is entrusted with the task of constructing the rapid-exit taxiways.
The rapid-exit taxiways will help the aircraft in exiting quickly after landing, which is a necessity at Mumbai airport, the second busiest airport in the country. The airport, which currently has two rapid-exit taxiways, handles more than 30 million passengers annually.
The official spokesperson of the MIAL said, “Now, a re-approval from the DGCA is required before starting the work, which may take two to three days.”
The spokesperson assured that the closure of the runway won’t affect the flights. “Not a single international flight will be affected as they take off late in the night and in the wee hours of morning. Domestic airlines were informed two-and-a-half months in advance about the construction work so that they could amend their take-off and landing schedules. Hence, there is no question of any discomfort to domestic passengers either.”
Close to 710 flights take off every day from the Mumbai airport. Out of these, more than 525 are domestic.