Flight operations at the Mumbai airport have been delayed after the temporary closure of the main runway.
The runway had to be closed late Friday night after the tyres of a Lufthansa aircraft from Munich were damaged upon landing. A statement on behalf of the airline said the ‘plane could not be moved from runway 27 for the time being’ and that 163 passengers on-board the aircraft ‘had to leave the plane, via stairs, positioned on the runway.’
The Lufthansa statement reads: “On 13th May at 10:50 pm local time, four tyres of the aircraft of flight LH764 from Munich to Mumbai had been damaged. The plane could not be moved from runway 27 for the time being. 163 passengers were on board the Airbus A330 D-AIKR. They had to leave the plane via stairs, positioned on the runway. The plane will be removed from the runway after the assembly of four new tyres. Flight LH765 of 14th Mai had to be cancelled. 223 passengers will be affected and LH is trying to rebook them on other flights.”
Flight LH765 scheduled for Saturday had to be cancelled and the airline is trying to book the passengers on the plane on other flights.
Meanwhile, at the airport, four flights were cancelled and one flight was diverted to Hyderabad due to the closure of the main runway.
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Flight SQ423, an Airbus A380 bound for Singapore from Mumbai on Friday was also delayed. An airline spokesperson said passengers were provided hotel accommodation.
Domestic flights are currently being operated from the secondary runway.