Mumbai Airport services restored, cable damage caused by metro construction blamed

The Mumbai Airport Chaos disrupted flights, and passengers' check-in has been blamed on the excavation work going on for the construction of a metro line in the city, reports IANS.

Mumbai Airport services restored, cable damage caused by metro construction blamed

A computer system breakdown on Thursday disrupted check-ins and other activities for all airlines at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA), according to sources, causing chaos to last for about two hours. The main cable of a significant utility business was allegedly snapped by the ongoing infrastructure excavating work of the Mumbai Metro line in the neighbourhood of the CSMIA.

Late on Thursday evening, an official spokesperson for Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) attributed the glitch to "a temporary network interruption outside the airport due to ongoing development work in the city."

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"Our teams are present on the ground, and manual processing has been initiated to facilitate all passengers. They are requested to allocate additional time for check-in and also to connect with their respective airlines," the spokesperson said. In a subsequent update, the MIAL said that "there was a network interruption resulting from a cable cut" during some construction work in the city.

"This interrupted the various ticketing systems. All systems are now restored and working," said the spokesperson. Meanwhile, the sources said that manual operations were taken up to clear the passenger rush, though no flight operations were affected.

The abrupt breakdown in the computer systems led to massive crowds of passengers who could be seen sitting or moving around with their luggage in Terminal T2 for around two hours.

Many of the harried passengers took to social media to vent their ire and frustration over the unexpected delays and posted pictures of the overcrowding inside the terminal or queues of passengers building up outside. Some even expressed concerns for other passengers, advised them to reach the airport well in time to avoid missing flights, etc., owing to the problems that were later rectified.

With inputs from IANS

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