Mumbai Airport's main runway to remain partially shut for five months

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSIA), will be witnessing repair works and therefore, the main runway will be partially shut down for flight operations

Mumbai Airport's main runway to remain partially shut for five months

The main runway of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSIA) will remain shut for operations from November 7 to March 28 between 09:30 AM and 05:30 PM on Mondays to Saturdays. During this time, the second runway of the airport will be operational. The main runway is closed to carry out repair work.

On average, the main runway 09/27 handles around 48 flight movements an hour as compared to the secondary runway 14/32, which can handle nearly 35 flight movements an hour. This being said, the passengers at Mumbai Airport might, therefore, have to face delays in their flights.

The major rehabilitation / re-carpeting is planned to address all the stressed/cracked portions of the runway surface and portions of associated TWYs of RWY 09/27 by using conventional method of ‘Hot Mix Overlaying’ which shall include milling of the top surface and overlaying it with bituminous materials in two layers. The work will also include re-carpeting of portion of taxiways intersecting with RWY 09/27, up to runway holding position (RHP)," an official statement said.

But in order to avoid inconvenience for the passengers during the festivals and holidays, the main runway will be operational at all hours on December 25, January 1, January 15, February 19, February 21, March 10 and March 25.

Mumbai Airport is the country's second busiest airport with around 1,000 flight movements in a day. The busiest is Delhi Airport, as it handles nearly 1,300 flight movements daily.

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