Both runways at Mumbai airport are expected to be temporarily closed for six hours on October 17, due to essential maintenance work, leading to the suspension of flight operations during this period.
The airport operator officially announced that maintenance activities on both runways are expected to take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to a statement released Friday.
A Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) was issued six months in advance to notify airlines and other affected stakeholders of this planned closure.
The statement said, “As part of the comprehensive runway maintenance plan at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport post-monsoon, both runways – RWY 09/27 and RWY 14/32 – will be temporarily non-operational on October 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. “
As part of CSMIA’s comprehensive post-monsoon runway maintenance plan, both runways – RWY 09/27 and RWY 14/32 will be temporarily non-operational on October 17, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We look forward to the cooperation and support of our passengers.#MumbaiAirport pic.twitter.com/FmxJuBktZE
– CSMIA (@CSMIA_Official) September 22, 2023
This temporary closure aligns with CSMIA’s annual post-monsoon preventive maintenance plan.
Mumbai Airport, the second busiest in India after Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, has two intersecting runways, namely 09/27 (the main runway) and 14/32 (the secondary runway ).
On September 14, in an unrelated incident, a Learjet 45 aircraft operated by VSR Ventures, registered VT-DBL, left the runway while landing at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport. The plane was en route from Vizag to Mumbai when the incident took place, involving six passengers and two crew members on board.
(Edited by : Jerome Antoine)