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Curfew on charter flights and private jets doubled to 8 hours at Mumbai airport, operators fume

The curfew on flights operated by charter companies and private aircraft owners at Mumbai airport has been increased to eight hours from four. With the second airport to serve the Mumbai metropolitan region — the Navi Mumbai airport — more than a year away, business aircraft operators have
sought urgent intervention from the civil aviation ministry. The eight-hour curfew on movement of general aviation flights or non-airline passenger aircraft went into effect as air traffic at the city airport soared at the
end of 2023,

Now, business jets or charter flights can’t take off or land in Mumbai between 8 and llama, 5 and 8 pm, and 9.15 and 11.15 pm. The restriction doesn’t apply to VVIP flights. scheduled flights operate in and out of the city airport On average, 55 no single runway daily.

Given Mumbai’s concentration of multinational corporations, the business aviation sector has consistently advocated for the removal of curfew timings at the Mumbai airport..,” said Capt Rajesh Bali, managing director, of the Business Aircraft Operators Association, in a letter sent to the Civil Aviation Ministry on Feb

  1. “Getting permission to take off during the non-curfew hours too is difficult,” said Capt Bali told TOI. On Nov II, 2023, Mumbai airport handled its highest-ever flight load, with a total of 1,032 arrivals and departures in 24 hours on the single runway. The last time the airport handled three-digit flight volumes in 24 hours was in 2018, before the pandemic and before Jet Airways’ closure in April 2019.


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