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Monday, 10 December, 2018, 12 : 45 PM [IST]

Mumbai Airport breaks record with 1,004 flights in a day

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) handled a record 1,004 aircraft movements in a day, bettering its earlier record of 1,003 flight movements in 24 hours in June this year.

Sources said the feat was achieved in the wake of the pre-wedding bash of Isha Ambani, daughter of industrialist Mukesh Ambani, in Udaipur in Rajasthan. They said a host of politicians, corporate honchos and Bollywood stars flew in private jets from Mumbai to attend the celebrations.

A Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) spokesperson confirmed that the airport handled a record 1,004 arrivals and departures, but did not divulge the factors leading to the surge in traffic movement.

"Mumbai airport handled a record 1,004 flights in a single day on Saturday. The earlier best for the airport was 1,003 arrivals and departures which was achieved on June 5," the spokesperson said.

As many as 903 scheduled, 59 non-scheduled, eight charter, 31 freighter and three military flights were handled by the airport, the spokesperson said.

The June 5 record was on account of a number of flight diversions to the Mumbai airport following the dust storm that hit New Delhi.

Mumbai airport, with two crossing runways - 09/27 (the main) and 14/32 (the secondary runway) - is the main hub of full-service carrier Jet Airways and budget airline GoAir.

While the primary runway can handle up to 48 arrivals and departures per hour, the secondary runway has a capacity of 35 flight movements per hour.

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