Monday, February 11, 2019

Fares spike as airlines forced to cancel flights due to Mumbai, Bengaluru runway closures

New Delhi: The closure of runways at India's two busiest airports has led to a steep rise in last-minute airfares. Several flights are being cancelled and rescheduled by airlines facing problems due to the maintenance work at two runways of the Mumbai airport. These runways at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) in Mumbai will remain closed for revamping for six hours every alternate day beginning February 7 till March 30. The Bengaluru airport, however, will be closed for three hours -- from 1.30pm to 4.30pm -- for four days between February 14 and 17. The airport will be closed to allow practice sessions for the Indian Air Force's (IAF) biennial Aero India show.

The Mumbai airport runways will be closed from 11 am to 5 pm for three days -- Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays -- every week till March 30. The maintenance work at the runways includes the laying of two asphalt layers. While around 100 flights could be affected due to the runway closure at the Bengaluru airport, the number could go up to 5,000 at Mumbai airport due to the restoration work, which will go on for more than a month; the Mumbai airport handles around 1,000 flights a day.
11/02/19 Business Today