Mumbai Airport Will Cancel Hundreds Of Flights As Per Govt Order: What's The Reason? What Should You Do?


Mohul Ghosh

Mohul Ghosh

Feb 19, 2024


Following the Aviation Ministry’s order to Mumbai airport to reduce flights that exceeded approved slots, resulting in hovering aircraft, airlines have begun announcing cancellations. Passengers of these dropped flights can opt for full refunds or rebook their travel up to April 15, 2024.

Mumbai Airport Will Cancel Hundreds Of Flights As Per Govt Order: What's The Reason? What Should You Do?

The airport was forced to announce a reduction of around 40 flights over the coming week to comply with the Airport Authority of India’s directive aimed at easing severe runway congestion during peak hours through better slot management.

Curbs on Business Jets Face Corporate Criticism

The regulatory move has led to criticism from major corporate players like Reliance, JSW and others after the restriction timing on business jet operations at Mumbai airport was doubled from 4 to 8 hours daily.

Along expected passenger inconvenience, the flight cuts and curbs to normalize airport infrastructure constraints may also trigger a spike in airfares as capacity tightens. But authorities have justified the curbs citing airspace safety, efficiency and consumer interest priorities.

Specific airlines like Akasa and Indigo have confirmed cancellations in line with directions, offering alternates or refunds to affected travelers. Most other carriers are also adhering to the compulsory flight reductions.

The situation highlights the urgent need for infrastructure upgrades to match Mumbai’s air traffic growth story in the long run.


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