Mumbai, July 8: In the wake of heavy rains, the Mumbai airport on Monday suspended flight movement. Flight operations at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport are likely to be affected during the day due to heavy rainfall in Mumbai. "Due to heavy rains, there are no movements at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, Mumbai," a spokesperson told news agency ANI.
"Due to heavy rains, visibility is changing every minute. Since 9:15 am, the visibility at the airport is fluctuating. There is a delay due to weather. No cancellation as of now but three diversions took place till now," the spokesperson added. The main runway of Mumbai airport was shut for over 90 hours after a SpiceJet aircraft from Jaipur overshot the runway while landing on July 2, badly hitting flight operations to and from the country's commercial capital.
The runway was re-opened for operations on July 5. The resumption of the main runway follows the successful recovery of the stranded SpiceJet aircraft and shifting it away. Mumbai has been witnessing moderate to heavy rainfall since past one week. The city was paralysed on July 1 after receiving the record rainfall. Mumbai received 375 mm of rainfall on Monday, making it the maximum July downpour that the city has seen over a 24-hour period, breaking the record of 1974.
Flight operations at the Mumbai airport were also hit severely due to heavy rains. Over 50 incoming flights were diverted, including 26 international. There were 13 go-arounds, and cancellations of 18 incoming flights including four international and 24 departures including four international.