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Old January 15th, 2018, 05:48 AM   #18661
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Mumbai airport saw worst delays in 5 years in 2017

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The airport was also busiest in terms of number of passengers, with 45.2 million people flying in and out during the year.

MUMBAI: The Mumbai airport, India's second busiest by passengers and most congested, faced its worst delays in at least five years in 2017.
Nearly a third of the flights were delayed on average during the year, according to data on the airport's website. And December was the worst month in five years, with 44% of departures and 47% of arrivals getting delayed, resulting in delays in 45.5% of the total flights at the airport.

The data showed the airport, run by the GVK Power and Infrastructure-led consortium Mumbai International Airport (MIAL), has deteriorated every year in terms of following the flight schedule. In 2013, about 23% of flights were delayed on average, and the proportion increased every year thereafter.

In terms of departures, 36% of all flight delays were caused by Mumbai airport's own air traffic control issues. About 48% or the highest chunk were because of "reactionary reasons", under IATA Delay Codes 91-96 which include connecting flight delays, through check-in error, aircraft or cabin crew rotation, operations control or strikes at the airline or airport.

December usually sees a lot of cascading delays at the Mumbai airport due to glitches in Delhi, India's busiest airport, which is affected by heavy fog during winter. Delhi-Mumbai is India's busiest air route. This time, however, Delhi wasn't to blame, said industry executives.

"Delhi was in fact much better this year. We got about two days of extremely bad fog which led to disrupted flight schedules. But the problems of Mumbai airport are largely its own," said a senior executive of a low fare carrier, who didn't want to be named.

In 2016-17, the Mumbai airport became the world's busiest single-runway airport by handling 837 flights a day or one in 65 seconds on average, beating London's Gatwick airport that had 757 flights a day.
The airport was also busiest in terms of number of passengers, with 45.2 million people flying in and out during the year.

Gatwick followed with 44 million.

But its single runway operations — two runways crisscross each other and are used alternately — is Mumbai airport's biggest bane apart from the fact that it is surrounded by slums and buildings that nearly get into the flight path. A Directorate General of Civil Aviation order to demolish buildings in the pathway is yet to be completely implemented.

"Single runway operations are Mumbai's main problem," said Mangala Narasimhan, deputy general manager (aviation safety) at the state-run Airports Authority of India (AAI).

"We are managing ATC via vertical/horizontal allocation of airspace and flight operations to them. But there will be a likely shortage. Since October 2017, the AAI has implemented a rule that says one set of ATC officials can train on only one kind of radar — there are two, viz.en route radar and approach radar. Earlier they used to be trained on both. Now when the permits of the former kind lapse, there will be an artificial shortage of ATC officials. That is expected to happen from March 2018," she said.

In a note released in October 2017, Sydney-based consultant CAPACentre for Aviation highlighted Mumbai as under the highest risk of saturation, by 2017 or this year. It is the only airport in the country to have reached beyond its maximum limit of handling passengers. The airport has spent ₹10,000 crore in upgrading its terminal, but it is the only major airport not to have significantly invested in the development of its runway.

In the past three months, the airport has seen an aircraft stuck in mud on the side of the runway, potholes in the taxiway and very frequent closures of the runway due to poor weather conditions.
Reason to worry, eh???
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Old January 16th, 2018, 12:54 PM   #18662
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Underground airport

Few years ago we talked about CSIA/BOM putting a runway/hangar/terminal underground.. I found something which might shock you, they'd actually built one for the military in Europe, many decades ago. Its not being used anymore..


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Old January 19th, 2018, 03:50 AM   #18663
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2017 reverse flight: International passengers soar twice as fast as domestic at city airport
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New Delhi: In a complete reversal of trend, the number of international flyers is now growing more than twice as fast as domestic ones at Mumbai’s constrained Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA). In the calendar year 2017, international flyers at the airport grew 9.1% while domestic grew at 4.4% over 2016. The picture was different in 2016, when domestic flyers grew at 12% and international at 5% over 2015.

The reason for the reversal is that the GVK-run airport does not have any free slots during the day and other hours when airlines desperately want to add domestic flights to and from the megapolis. “We had a few slots at night which suited international flights and were given to them,” said an airport official.


This led to international travel growing faster than domestic in Mumbai. India, as a whole, saw its domestic air travel growing at almost double the pace of its international traffic. Delhi IGI Airport, India’s busiest, also saw domestic travel growing faster than international in 2017 over 2016.

The infrastructure-starved CSIA handles about 940 flights a day and is the world’s busiest single-runway airport. With its cross runways handling the maximum possible flights, there is no scope to add any more during most hours. As a result, its overall traffic growth was limited to just 5.6% — way below the rate at which Delhi and overall traffic in India is growing.

Mumbai airport’s overall traffic was 4.46 crore in 2016, up 10% from 4.06 crore in 2015. The overall growth lowered in 2017 due to the airport approaching peak capacity.

“International growth was more than domestic primarily because of some capacity available at night to early morning period,” CAPACentre for Aviation India head Kapil Kaul said. “CSIA continues to improve runway productivity significantly, which allowed the expansion (in flight handling) despite very significant constraints.”

An official of a Mumbaibased travel major said some new international flights were added in Mumbai last year.

“Rwanda Air, Garuda, Brussels Airlines, Thai Smile and Air Canada were among those who started flights last year. On domestic side, I cannot recall any significant addition in flights. Airlines like Air Deccan wanted slots for regional flights under the government’s subsidised UDAN scheme but could not be given,” the official said.

Mumbai’s air connectivity will improve only after the Navi Mumbai airport, also being developed by the GVK Group, gets operational in five to six years.



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Old January 19th, 2018, 08:00 AM   #18664
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2017 reverse flight: International passengers soar twice as fast as domestic at city airport
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Mumbai’s air connectivity will improve only after the Navi Mumbai airport, also being developed by the GVK Group, gets operational in five to six years.


Times of india epaper

Also in a complete reversal of trends, for the first time, a somewhat reasonable completetion time of NMIA has be mentioned
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ThaiSmile WE336 departure from Mumbai to Bangkok

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[QUOTE=PrimusUrbisIndis;144406899]An interesting article on the mess at JFK during the arctic blowout last week...Hope BOM does not face such an issue, ever!!![/

Bombay doesnt get snowfalls.....
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The monsoons create enough havoc...dont need anything else!!!
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