Thursday, February 07, 2019

Mumbai airport runway repair-works result in cancelled flights and surge in airfares

Mumbai: Reports are coming in that the Mumbai airport runway is going through some major repair work, which means flight schedules are set to get affected. Mumbai’s Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport will not be operating flights between 11 AM and 5 PM on three days every week. The days have been stated to be Thursdays, Saturdays, and Tuesdays. This will be in effect from February 3, 2019, until March 30, 2019.

According to the reports, 230 flights on each of these days are said to get cancelled, which would be responsible for the disruption of 5,520 flights. The airport is known to handle about 950 incoming flights every day, and an average of 36 flights every hour. The runway at the Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport has the capacity to handle up to 50 flights every hour. The top three routes that are going to be affected the most are Delhi, Goa and Bengaluru, operating 33, 18, and 16 flights respectively.
Airline companies including Jet Airways and Vistara have announced a list of flights that have been cancelled due to the repairs.
Experts are now saying that the cancellation of flights three days every week is going to cause flight fares to surge by up to 30 per cent. This is going to be especially true for the very busy Delhi-Mumbai air route. It is advised to plan your travels well in advance in order to avoid the high fares.
07/02/19 Times Travel
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