The Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in Bengaluru faced congestion today as several flights were diverted here from Mumbai after heavy rains brought the Maximum City to a standstill. A SpiceJet flight from Jaipur-Mumbai, SG6237, overshot the main runway at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport close to midnight, halting operations on it.
Confirming the same, KIA officials issued a passenger advisory on Tuesday warning them about congestion at the airport. “Flights have been diverted from Mumbai to Bengaluru due to technical issues at the Mumbai airport. This is likely to cause congestion at the BLR Airport. Passengers are requested to contact airlines for updates. Apologies for the inconvenience,” it read.
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Air Vistara announced the cancellation of 14 flights to/from Mumbai, out of which four are from/to Bangalore. Two Mumbai-Bangalore flights (UK 805 and UK 851) and two other Bangalore-Mumbai flights (UK 806 and UK 852) are cancelled, according to a statement from Air Vistara due to “runway restrictions after a runway incident last evening involving another airline at Mumbai Airport.” The airline has promised a full refund to customers impacted by the cancellation.
Meanwhile, IndiGo airlines have promised a change/cancellation fee waiver to passengers travelling to/from Mumbai till July 3. “Stay safe and keep a tab on your flight status,” a tweet from their official handle reads.
A couple of SpiceJet Bangalore-Mumbai flights were also delayed at the same time. While flight SG 6351 suffered a 4 hours 15 minutes delay, SG438 arrived 2 hours 20 minutes after the scheduled arrival time at Mumbai airport.
Similarly, Air India has waived off all charges for rescheduling/no-show/cancellation of bookings on flights from/to Mumbai. According to a statement released Tuesday afternoon, passengers of all flights with a scheduled departure from 11.45 pm on July 1 to midnight of July 2 will be considered for the same.
However, officials at the Bengaluru International Airport clarified that operations were not impacted in the airport even in the wake of unscheduled arrivals.
“Owing to adverse weather conditions at Mumbai Airport, 12 flights were diverted to the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru on Tuesday morning. Scheduled departures to Mumbai experienced minor delays with no disruption for arriving flights. As the weather in Mumbai improved, flights were cleared for take-off,” a BIAL spokesperson told Indianexpress.com
Meanwhile, some passengers were irked as they were forced to stand in long queues to buy food from the airport as they got stranded due to flight delays.
Calling out to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, a user tweeted, “Dear minister could you please find a better way of serving meals to stranded passengers delayed flights at international airports. This is the scene at Bangalore airport today.”
@MoCA_GoI Dear minister could you please find a better way of serving meals to stranded passengers delayed flights at international airports. This is the scene at Bangalore airport today. pic.twitter.com/j2dkMVonvz
— ASN Rao (@satyam12m) July 2, 2019