PUNE: Flights at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA), Mumbai, either arriving or departing, have been delayed by a few hours for the past few days to the closure of the main runway. This has caused inconvinience to many passengers including those from Pune.
The main runway was shut from 10 am to 5 pm for upgrading of a component in the instrument landing system (ILS), which guides the aircraft to the centre of the runway.
Many passengers used social media to express their anguish over the inconvenience. Airlines replied that flights are being delayed due to the consequential impact of the ATC congestion in Mumbai.
Subhojit Roy (47), an IT professional working in Pune, who arrived from Bangalore on Friday night by Jet Airways S2 4495, told Sakal Times, “I didn’t receive any message from the airline about the delay. One of my colleagues, who was also coming by the same flight, received a message and told me that the flight was delayed by over an hour. I had already arrived at the Bangalore airport to board the flight. I got to know that the flight was to depart at 10.30 pm and was delayed by over one hour. Later, I was informed that the flight was delayed by two hours. Finally, the flight departed at 12.35 am. I arrived in Pune at 2 am. I was waiting at the Bangalore airport and no one from the airline helped passengers.”
Jay Akhani used social media and said, “We are stuck at the Pune airport. Spice jet Flight SG524 to Ahmedabad was to depart at 8.35 pm. It is delayed by almost 1.45 hours. We had connecting travel arrangement, which would be spoilt due to the delay. Spice Jet is not owning responsibility. We are eight people travelling together. The delayed flight would cost us the connection travel arrangement. Moreover, there will be no further transport option available at night. So, we have to stay overnight in Ahmedabad, which will add up to costs.”
Spice Jet replied, “We regret the inconvenience caused. Please note the flight is delayed due to the consequential impact of ATC congestion at Mumbai.”