Mumbai International Airport has announced that its two runways will remain closed on Tuesday, 18 October 2022. The closure of the runway has been announced for post-monsoon maintenance work. This maintenance work is done on a regular basis to ensure smooth flight operations from the airport. It should be noted that Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) is one of the busiest airports in the world and hence requires regular maintenance to keep the operations running smoothly.
Based on the announcement of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, the maintenance work will be done between 1100 hrs to 1700 hrs. Therefore, flight operations will remain suspended during this period. To be specific, the runways – RWY 14/32 and 09/27 will work.
Major works like upgradation of runway edge lights, AGL (Aeronautical Ground Lights) for runway 14/32 and other major works will be carried out as part of post monsoon preventive maintenance of runway intersection. With over 800 flights landing and taking off each day, this annual post-monsoon runway maintenance exercise is part of a series of activities undertaken with precise and meticulous efforts to ensure operational continuity and passenger safety.
In the announcement, Mumbai International Airport said, “CSMIA, in collaboration with airline customers and other key stakeholders, has effectively rescheduled flights for smooth completion of maintenance. CSMIA looks forward to the cooperation and support by passengers.” ”
Meanwhile, Mumbai airport also achieved the feat of handling the highest passenger movement of 1,30,374 passengers on September 17, 2022. It is to be noted that this airport has handled the highest number of passengers since the COVID-19 pandemic. This increase in passenger traffic comes as airlines start connecting new destinations to airports. The most recent destination of these is Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates.