Several flights delayed and diverted at Mumbai airport due to heavy rains

At least 11 flights were diverted and several more delayed on Monday evening at the Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport and operations temporarily suspended due to heavy rainfall, an airport spokesperson said.

The operations were put on hold for several minutes because of low visibility, and the Runway 9 at the airport has been handed over to Air Traffic Control (ATF), the spokesperson said adding that the operations would resume once the visibility improves.

Several domestic and international flights were diverted from the Mumbai airport, including United Airway’s flight between New York and Mumbai, which was diverted to New Delhi.

Vistara, a joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, diverted flight number UK 985 from Delhi to Mumbai to Ahmedabad due to the weather.

A Thai Airways aircraft, while vacating the runway hit a guard light, which damaged the aircraft. “There were some debris found in the runway as a result, and the cleaning process is underway,” the spokesperson added.

The Mumbai airport is equipped with two crossing runways which are called 09/27 and 14/32. While, runway 14/32 runs between terminals 1 and 2, the main runway 09/27 intersects the secondary runway.

Train services were also affected due to the heavy rains in the city.

The Indian Meteorological Department has warned that a cyclone is likely to occur in the Arabian Sea between 11 June and 12 June, which would result in a heavy pre-monsoon shower in Mumbai.

Source: Civil Aviation Authority