A total of 55 flights both domestic and international were diverted from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSIA) in Mumbai after the incessant rains flooded the city. Heavy down pour over last four days hampered normal life.

The Airport reportedly shut down its main runway after a plane overshot the runway while landing on Monday night due to heavy rainfall and low visibility. Flights from Mumbai’s CSIA were delayed by 35 minutes.

A spokesperson of Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) said on Tuesday, a total of 13 go-arounds, 18 incoming flights including four international flights were cancelled and 24 departures including four international flights were delayed.

CSIA said in a tweet “Due to runway excursion by the arriving aircraft, main runway is not available & secondary runway is put in use. Please expect delays in flight operations. Please check with your airline before reaching the airport.”

On Monday, a spicejet plane travelling from Jaipur to Mumbai reportedly veered off the main runway while landing around 11.51 pm. Passengers were deboarded safely but the aircraft remains struck on the runway.

Flight operators including Vistara, SpiceJet, GoAir and Indigo took to twitter to alert the passengers about the delays and diversions of the flights.

At least 12 flights to and from Mumbai were diverted to land in Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru. Airport officials in Bengaluru told the unscheduled airlines lining up at the airport did not affect the regular operations.

Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru (KIAB) spokesperson told media “the unscheduled arrivals did not impact operations at KIAB. Scheduled departures to Mumbai experienced minor delays with no disruption for arriving flights. As the weather in Mumbai improved, flights were cleared for take-off.”

Meanwhile at least 6 arrivals and departures to Mumbai from Chennai Airport were cancelled due to the harsh weather conditions in the financial capital. Many passengers were turned away in the morning as the departures were delayed.

Subsequently 13 flights were diverted to Hyderabad airport including two Nagpur bound flights. Flights were delayed as early as 4 am and passengers were given refreshments. Services are believed to have resumed.  

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