Rain exposes lack of Mumbai airport preparedness for monsoon
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Last Updated: Wednesday, June 09, 2010, 19:39
  
Mumbai: Chinks in Mumbai airport infrastructure were exposed today when disruption in power supply and water logging at the newly-constructed terminal IC severely affected flight operations.

The airport building was shut for about five hours and several flights were delayed by up to 90 minutes.

Compounding the problem, the main runway remained out of bound for flights for over one hour after an aircraft broke a runway light while taking off, an airport source said.

Flights across airlines were delayed by one to one-and-a-half-hours, the source said.

A Mumbai International Airport Limited (MAIL) spokesperson, however, said the runway was closed for 50 minutes to clear glass pieces from the tarmac.

"The main runway 09x27 was closed for 50 minutes (8.10 am to 9 am) to clear glass pieces after the runway edge light was broken by a departing aircraft of Blue Dart Express this morning," the spokesperson said.

A moderate rainfall yesterday night resulted in water logging in Terminal IC, built at a cost of Rs 300 crore, and as a result the building remained shut for around five hours, the source said.

"Due to flooding of the area, there was only one aerobridge available for passengers to check-in and this had a cascading effect on flights operations," the source said.

The new domestic passenger terminal 1C caters to domestic traffic of national air-carrier, Air India and private airlines, Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines, through its six aerobridges.

For the second day running, the airport witnessed power cut for over 45 minutes which hampered operations, the source said.

"This was the second time in as many days when there was a power cut at the airport. Yesterday too, there was no power at the airport for almost two hours, affecting around 45 flights of Air India, Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines," the source added.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, June 09, 2010, 19:39


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