Vistara Airlines has informed passengers that departures and arrivals between 11 am to 5 pm on Thursday, May 9, will be impacted due to runway closure at the Mumbai airport.

“Due to the runway closure at Mumbai airport between 1100 hours to 1700 hours, all departures and arrivals are likely to be impacted. Customers are requested to plan their travel accordingly. Thanks,” the airline wrote on the social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter).

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Flight operations on primary runway 09/27 and the secondary runway 14/32 have been temporarily halted due to ongoing pre-monsoon maintenance and repair work at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, which handles around 950 flight operations per day, PTI reported.

The maintenance work underway involves inspection of runway surface for macro and micro texture wear and tear arising out of daily operations. In December, a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) was issued to alert airlines and other stakeholders to plan for flight rescheduling in advance

This development comes just a day after, Air India Express, the Tata Group helmed low-cost carrier, cancelled more than 70 flights on May 8. 

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These cancellations were reportedly attributed to cabin crew members calling in sick leave on the same day as a mark of protest against the purported mismanagement at the airline.

Since the merger process of Air India Express with AIX Connect (formerly known as AirAsia) began, discontent has been brewing among the cabin crew. The civil aviation ministry has sought a report from the airline on the matter.

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The protest by the key crew members in Vistara is happening for the second time in just over a month. Last month, Vistara witnessed a number of flight cancellations and delays for days, after pilots went on mass sick leave. Compensation issue related to an HR issue was the key factor behind that silent protest.



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Published: 09 May 2024, 11:49 AM IST