Mumbai International Airport, which is owned by the Adani Group, said on Tuesday it has completed runway repair and maintenance work ahead of the monsoon season, a drill that necessitated a rescheduling of 150 flights.
The private airport operator said it would temporarily close the runway between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesday to facilitate maintenance and repair work.
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) has two intersecting runways.
CSMIA’s monsoon emergency plan has been prepared in consultation with internal and external stakeholders, the airport operator said.
The contingency plan is designed to respond to potential inclement weather and reduce business continuity and ensure all airlines and passengers operate around the clock.
Runway operations began at 11 a.m. and after careful assessment and evaluation, both runways were available for flight operations from 5 p.m.
CSMIA, working with airlines, was able to effectively reschedule 150 flights on departure and arrival, the operator said.
As Mumbai receives 400 to 700mm of average rainfall every year, CSMIA has conducted multiple runway inspections to prepare for the setbacks during rain, it said.
The monsoon usually arrives in the city in the second week of June. According to the airport operator, several pre-monsoon measures have also been taken where flooding prone areas have been identified and inspected.
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