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Mumbai airport’s main runway shut, may take 48 hrs to restart ops

Mumbai airport authorities on Tuesday said that it may take up to 48 hours to resume the flight operations on the main runway after it was forced to close down late last night when a SpiceJet flight overshot its mark while landing amid heavy downpour. The authorities also advised the passengers to check with the airlines first before heading to the airport.

A 150-metre-ramp is being prepared to help move the SpiceJet plane from Jaipur which is still stuck on the unpaved part towards the end of the main runway number 27 of the Mumbai airport. An Air India disable aircraft removal kit has been mobilised.

Meanwhile, a secondary runway is operational, but flights have been delayed. A spokesperson of the Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd said 54 flights have been diverted to other cities from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.

Flights have also been delayed and according to Flightradar24, an online portal to monitor real-time flight movements on map, 85 flights to and from Mumbai have been cancelled due to the poor air traffic situation.

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