Seven Jet Airways flights and a JetLite flight were diverted to other airports after the Mumbai Airport was shut for nearly two hours following the skidding of Kingfisher Airline's aircraft on the runway.
"Seven flights of Jet Airways and one flight of JetLite were diverted to other airports due to runway closure for almost two hours today," an Airport official said.
The flights were diverted to Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Pune and Baroda, the official said, adding, these flights are now likely to land in Mumbai between 1930 and 2030 hours.
Earlier, a Kingfisher Airlines ATR aircraft with 42 passengers and four crew members skidded the runway after it landed in Mumbai.
Following this, flight operation at the airport was closed for nearly two hours and it resumed only at around 1830 hours, the official said.
Mumbai Airport remains completely shut for operations between 12 noon and 1300 hours every Tuesday, and thereafter, a shortened stretch of 1,700-metre on the western end of main Runway 27 is used for take-off and touch-down by smaller planes, such as ATRs, A319s and A320s till 1800 hours.
The airport has two intersecting runways. While the cross runway is completely shut till February due to construction work, the main runway is kept closed for reconstruction work between 12 noon and 1800 hours every Tuesday. PTI