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Friday, 06 September, 2019, 15 : 00 PM [IST]

Flights, trains to Mumbai hit because of heavy rain in Maharashtra

Travelling to Mumbai has become a hassle as passengers suffered delays and cancellations of flights and trains on Wednesday and Thursday because of heavy rain and water logging in Mumbai. Railways has been cancelling trains since Wednesday and trains that departed from the city and other destinations in the state on Tuesday could not be operated till Mumbai. Around 21 flights on Chennai-Mumbai route were delayed by more than an hour since Wednesday noon. 

Nine arrivals were delayed and two were cancelled from Mumbai on Thursday. Flights on Wednesday morning were on time but the night flights, especially the red-eye ones, suffered maximum delay because heavy rain affected operations at Mumbai airport late in the evening. An airport official said flights to Mumbai started to get delayed since 1.20pm on Wednesday and this continued till late Thursday. However, a few morning flights were on time. An airport official said five Air India flights, 11 IndiGo flights, two SpiceJet flights and two Vistara flights were delayed since Wednesday night. IndiGo operates the maximum number of flights on the route. 

On Thursday, four departures and nine arrivals were delayed by more than one hour. Though airlines informed passengers well in advance, the delays had an effect on other routes too as airlines use the same aircraft to fly multiple routes. Airlines have advised passengers to reach the airport after checking flight schedules. 

The delays also affected one Chennai-Salem train which had to be cancelled because the pairing rake was running late. Similarly, Puratchi Thalaivar Dr MGR Central-Mumbai CST Mail (11028) was cancelled on Thursday. Since the rakes are stuck, it may take a day or two for trains to return to normal schedule on the Chennai-Mumbai route

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