Mumbai airport to be shut for 6 hours on May 09 | India News

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NEW DELHI: To carry out the annual pre-monsoon maintenance work on both its runways, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport’s (CSMIA) at Mumbai will remain shut to flight movements for six hours on May 09, said he airport operator on Monday.
To carry out the monsoon contingency plan, the primary runway 09/27 and the secondary runway 14/32 will remain temporarily non-operational from 11 am to 5 pm
A NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) has been issued in this regard, the airport operator said, indicating that the airlines and other stakeholders were informed in advance so as to avoid flight cancellations and inconvenience to passengers.
The maintenance work will enhance runway resilience and ensure smooth operations, particularly during the monsoon season, said Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) “All operations (airlines) will resume flights as usual post 5 pm on May 09,” it added. The scheduled temporary runway closure is a yearly practice and contingency plan on the same will help maintain operational continuity and ensure passengers safety, it added.
The Mumbai airport has a network of runways, taxiways and aprons encompassing nearly 1033 acres. “To ensure operational continuity during the monsoon months, timely checks and repair work on the runways and associated facilities is of utmost importance to maintain its health and operational continuity,” it Sadi, adding that the yearly practice of runway maintenance work involves specialists in engineering and airside teams inspecting the runway surface for micro texture and macro texture wear and tear that may have occurred due to day-to-day operations and help strengthening the airside strip.
Runway 09-27 spans 3448m x 60m, and runway 14-32 spans 2871m x 45m and this activity ensures the durability and longevity of the runway infrastructure by addressing concerns such as waterlogging and ensuring safe landings and take-offs during monsoon. Furthermore, the maintenance work will include repairing any damage to the runways that may have occurred due to regular use.
“The repair work is an integral component of CSMIA’s monsoon contingency plan, strategically crafted to proactively address potential challenges posed by inclement weather conditions,” said MIAL. “With a steadfast focus on ensuring uninterrupted business operations and providing assurance to airlines and passengers alike, the airport has leveraged cutting-edge technology to monitor the maintenance activity and adhere to the scheduled completion time of 06 hours,” the operator said in a press statement.

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