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Cyclone Nisarga disrupts flight operations

3 Jun 2020 by Anithya Balachandran
Cyclone Nisarga

Flight operations in Mumbai have been impacted due to cyclone Nisarga hitting parts of western India today.

The GVK MIAL managed Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) will operate a total of 19 flights only which include 11 departures and eight arrivals.

CSMIA has tweeted that “from 14:30 hrs-19:00 hrs, no take-off or landings would take place at CSMIA due to cyclone Nisarga.”  

The airport has undertaken various measures to safeguard the passengers and airlines at the airport in case of severe crisis. Preventive checks for different airport functions have been carried out and diesel generator sets are in place for an uninterrupted power supply.

Water pumps have been positioned across the airport to clear water in case of waterlogging.

A dedicated team has been placed on standby at the airport for emergency assistance. Some additional measures adopted are efficient personnel management to account for the possibility that the relieving team might not be able to reach the airport to take over their shift.

Logistical supports like vehicles, food and tea/coffee have been arranged.

Special precautions have been taken for smaller and lighter aircraft typically used for general aviation (GA) as they are vulnerable to strong winds. Some GA aircraft have flown out of Mumbai until the cyclone passes while others have been asked to park inside the hangar.

The Interglobe Aviation-led Indigo has cancelled 17 flights to and from Mumbai. The airline is serving only three routes from Mumbai today:

6E 495 Mumbai- Chandigarh

6E 6179 Mumbai – Ranchi

6E 5373 Mumbai – Patna

Vistara and Spicejet took to their Twitter accounts to notify passengers about the possible flight disruptions.

Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray has appealed to the residents to stay indoors and not believe in rumours.

Do’s and Dont’s to stay safe:

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