Huge delays have been reported at Mumbai airport on Wednesday as a result of poor visibility, and workers discovering it troublesome to show up for responsibility on time because the suburban rail community took successful and the roads have been clogged following heavy rains.
Passengers and their kin have been fast to share their plight on social media. Indigo’s flight 6E-6097 scheduled for a 3.15 p.m. departure left for Delhi solely at 10.07 p.m. “Today has been an utterly depressing day in Mumbai, and especially the way the last 5 hours have gone for me. This has been nothing but utter mismanagement by the airport authorities and Indigo,” Vishal Mehra, a Delhi-based social marketer stated on Twitter.
Bhoomika Dattani tweeted that her husband was inside an plane which had landed an hour earlier in Mumbai, however couldn’t alight as they have been ready for the step-ladder to be introduced. Abhijit Sengupta, who arrived by Indigo flight 6E-757 from Kolkata at 7.25 p.m. took to Twitter at 10.37 p.m. when the plane door was but to be opened.
An Indigo spokesperson in a press release stated, “Due to the unprecedented non-stop rains in Mumbai, there are close to 30 flights on ground. As a result of water logging on roads, and the subsequent traffic jams, many of our ground support staff, crew and captains have not been able to each the airport on time. As a result the departure of flights have also been held up. We are doing everything possible to restore normalcy.”
Pawan Ok. Goenka, managing director of Mahindra and Mahindra Restricted, tweeted that his Air India flight to Delhi from Mumbai was delayed by two hours as a result of the crew couldn’t attain the airport in time. “Strange that all the passengers could reach but the crew was delayed,” he stated in his tweet.
In a late evening assertion, Indigo stated, “Due to the unprecedented non-stop rains in Mumbai, there are close to 24 flights held up on ground until 11.30 pm. With all ongoing collective efforts, 5 of our flights have departed between 10.30 p.m. and 11.10 p.m. As of now, all passengers who have arrived have disembarked from the aircraft and baggage delivery is still in progress. Some flights coming into Mumbai have been held back to stabilise the situation. Since the entire airport operations and agencies have been affected, it will take a while for the situation to be completely normal.”