Mumbai/Panjim: The incessant rain hit flight operations at the city airport and caused water-logging in the apron area. These disruptions had a cascading effect on flight schedules across the country on Saturday.
Eleven flights, including seven departures, were cancelled, said a Mumbai International Airport Ltd (Mial) spokesperson. Besides, nine flights were diverted to other cities in the morning and pilots of eight arriving flights were forced to carry out a go-around. Arrivals and departures were delayed by an average of 30 minutes.
Flight cancellations and delays hit flyers in other cities too. “The one-hour flight from Goa to Mumbai took over 3 hours due to delay but there was no announcement at the airport, which was frustrating,” said Harish Rajaraman, a passenger stranded at the Goa airport.
In Mumbai, many were stranded at both terminals as airlines try to rebook flyers of cancelled flights. About 17-18 passengers from a tour company were among the worst hit. “We arrived at Mumbai airport on Friday night to board the 12.05am Saturday GoAir flight to Delhi,” said Gopi Nair, who with his family was on a holiday to Nainital and Haridwar. “The flight was cancelled due to bad weather… We spent the day at the airport and were finally put on the 6.20pm flight,” Nair said.
On Friday night, inside Sahar terminal 2, a pool of water gathered in an area near boarding gates in the departure area. An airport spokesperson said it was due to dislocation of a rainwater pipeline joint which gave way under the heavy inflow of rainwater.
28/07/19 Times of India