The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) in Mumbai has announced that both runways RWY 09/27 and RWY 14/32 will be closed for six hours on May 2 for maintenance work as part of its monsoon contingency plan.
The scheduled temporary runway closure is an annual exercise, and a contingency plan will help maintain operational continuity and ensure passenger safety, the private airport operator said in a statement, according to PTI.
The temporary closure will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to CSMIA, and a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) has been issued in this regard. All operations will resume as usual on May 2 after 5 p.m., it added.
The Mumbai Airport (CSMIA) handles approximately 900 flights per day. The repair work is done on a yearly basis, and regular maintenance, especially during the monsoon season, ensures operational continuity and passenger safety.
"The CSMIA is one of the busiest single runway airports in the world, with nearly 900 flight movements per day. The airport has nearly 1,033 acres of runways, taxiways, and apron space. Thus, timely check and repair work on the runways and associated facilities is critical to maintaining their health and operational continuity during the monsoon months "According to the official statement.
Before the monsoon hits the city, the 1033-acre runways, taxiways, aprons, and so on are repaired.
“The yearly practise of runway maintenance work involves specialists in engineering and airside teams inspecting the runway surface for micro-texture and macro-texture wear and tear that may have occurred due to day-to-day operations and aiding in the strengthening of the airside strip,” according to a CSMIA statement.
Because this is a planned activity, CSMIA informed its stakeholders six months ahead of time. In fact, because airlines are aware of the scheduled activity, they have already planned flight schedules accordingly.
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