Monday, January 07, 2019

Mumbai flights may get expensive as airport to remain partially shut in Feb, Mar

New Delhi: Passengers travelling to and from Mumbai are in for a rough couple of weeks as the Mumbai airport will remain shut for six hours for twenty two days in February and March. With fewer flights operating from one of the busiest airports, airfare is likely to shoot up by 80 per cent to key destinations such as Delhi, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. On other routes, airfare is likely to increase by as much as 30%.
According to a report in Business Standard, there will be no movement between 11am and 5pm every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from February 7 to March 30 due to recarpeting of the intersection of two runways. However, the airport will be operational on March 21, a Thursday, due to the festival of Holi.
No general aviation flights will be allowed between 7am and 7pm, which means that charters and private aircraft owners will also have to reschedule their flights. Although only one runway is used at any given point, the two intersecting runways handle around 950 flights daily, including 30-35 charter and private aircrafts.
A spokesperson for the Mumbai airport said that around 230 flights will be cancelled daily. With 33 flights, Delhi is likely to see the maximum number of cancellations, followed by Goa with 18 flights and Bengaluru with 16 flights.
07/01/19 Business Today
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