Friday, February 08, 2019

Delhi-Mumbai airfares shoot 200%; here's why

New Delhi: Brace yourself to pay more for airtravel to and from Mumbai as both its runways will remain closed for maintenance for six hours every alternate day beginning February 7 till March 30. The two airport runways at the airport will be closed from 11 am to 5 pm for three days -- Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays -- every week till March 30. This will significantly reduce the total flight capacity at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA).
The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA), in a statement, has said that an estimated 5,000 flights would be affected due to the revamping work at the airport.

The airport handles around 1,000 flights a day. Reports say over 230 flights were cancelled on Thursday alone. Due to constant delay and the scarcity of flights, most airlines have also increased their fares. According to travel portal ixigo, the average airfare has been up by average 23 per cent on key routes to and from Mumbai. The routes that have seen maximum fare hike include Ahmedabad-Mumbai, Delhi-Mumbai, and stop over routes. In some case, the airfares have been increased by up to 200 per cent, claims the  travel portal.
While the primary runway at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport can handle up to 50 arrivals and departures in an hour, the secondary runway can handle 35 flights per hour, reported PTI.
08/02/19 Business Today

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