Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA), formerly known as the Mumbai Airport, is the primary international airport serving Maharashtra, India, and the greater Mumbai metropolitan region. CSMIA is one of the world’s busiest single runway airports, handling an impressive 900 flight movements each day. All operations are set to resume as usual after May 2, 2023 at 5:00 pm, following a temporary closure to facilitate pre-monsoon runway maintenance.
CSMIA has strategically planned for the runway maintenance as part of its monsoon contingency plan. The engineers and airside teams are to inspect the runway surface for wear and tear over the course of one day, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, to ensure operational continuity during the heavy rainy season. All stakeholders, including airlines and aviation authorities, have been intimated six months in advance and allowed to plan the flight schedules accordingly.
CSMIA is equipped with a network of runways, taxiways and aprons that spread across an area of 1,033 acres, thus allowing the airport to handle around 92,000 ATMs and 10 million passengers during the monsoon period.
The yearly runway maintenance is important to maintain the health and operational continuity of the airport, and provides assurance to passengers, airlines and aviation authorities that the airport is safe and operational at all times. With the timely and meticulous planning of the runway maintenance, CSMIA is looking to minimize inconvenience to passengers while providing them with continuous and secure flight services, even during the monsoon season.