Mumbai International Airport, owned by the Adani Group, said on Tuesday it had completed the runway repair and maintenance work ahead of the monsoon season, an exercise that necessitated the rescheduling of 150 flights.
The private airport operator said it temporarily closed the runway between 11am and 5pm on Tuesday to facilitate maintenance and repair work.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) has two intersecting runways.
The airport operator said CSMIA’s monsoon contingency plan had been developed in coordination with internal and external stakeholders.
The emergency plan intends to respond and mitigate potential bad weather, ensure business continuity and assure all airlines and passengers that the airport operates around the clock.
Runway work began at 11 AM and after careful evaluation, both runways were made available for flight operations as of 5 PM.
The operator said CSMIA, in cooperation with the airlines, was able to effectively reschedule 150 flights on departure and arrival.
She said that given that Mumbai receives an average of 400 to 700 mm of rain each year, CSMIA has conducted several inspections on the runways to prepare for adversity during the rains.
The monsoons usually reach the city by the second week of June. According to the airport operator, several pre-monsoon measures have also been implemented where areas prone to waterlogging have been identified and checked.
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