Mumbai Airport: Several flights diverted, Flights may be affected till tomorrow: After a SpiceJet flight from Jaipur on Monday night skidded and overshot the main runway at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport because of the heavy rainfall, the flight services at the airport got affected and it is possible that it will still remain affected till tomorrow.
The incident happened late night on Monday around 11.45 pm when the SpiceJet flight SG6237 which was flying from Jaipur to Mumbai skid and overshot the main runway. However, none of the passengers got hurt in the incident.
54 flights diverted, 52 cancelled from Mumbai airport due to runway closure
“SpiceJet Boeing 737-800 aircraft operated flight SG 6237 from Jaipur to Mumbai. There was heavy rain in Mumbai and the aircraft, after landing, overshot the runway. Passengers were deplaned normally. There was no injury to either the passengers or the crew,” SpiceJet confirmed in a statement.
Due to the late night incident, currently a secondary runway is in operation at the airport. There are also many subsequent flights that have been diverted to other airports following the incident such as Ahmedabad and Bengaluru, the sources said.
In a recent tweet by the airport authorities stated that at present the secondary runway is in use. Airport authorities said, “Due to runway excursion by the arriving aircraft, main runway is not available & secondary runway is put in use,”
It also stated that their team is trying their best in order to bring the main runway back in operation and this may also going to take up to 48 hours.
The authorities have also asked all the passengers who are going to fly in and out of the Mumbai airport to make sure and check with airline before reaching the airport. The authorities also said that flight delays are expected therefore travellers must make sure.
Since the incident happened last night, about total number of 54 flights were asked to divert to the other airports such as Ahmedabad and Bengaluru while total of 52 flights have been cancelled so far.
IndiGo, Vistara as well as GoAir said it is waiving off the cancellation charges along with the change fee to the passengers travelling to or from Mumbai till tomorrow. Air India has also said that it has waived off charges up till midnight tomorrow.
SpiceJet, is offering a full waiver on cancellation as well as date change charges for travel to and from Mumbai for 2nd and 3rd July.
While on the other hand, Air India also stated in a tweet, “Due to inclement weather & apt runway closure at Mumbai-resulting in inconvenience to pax #Airindia has waived off all charges for rescheduling/no-show/cancellation of bookings on flts to/from BOM with scheduled departure from 2345hrs of 1st July till midnight 2nd July’19,”