Runway closure at Mumbai, Bengaluru airports leads to surge in fare


Last-minute airfares have almost doubled on Mumbai and Bengaluru routes due to simultaneous runway closure at two of India’s busiest airports. Airlines have been forced to cancel and reschedule flights leading to the surge in airfares.

Mumbai airport announced a runway closure from February 7 to March 30 due to the recarpeting of the intersection of two runways.  There are no flight movements between 11 am to 5 pm every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, at Mumbai airport.

Recarpeting of runway is part of scheduled maintenance process and Mumbai airport had given advance notice about the closure. As part of the process, two layers of asphalt will be laid on the runways to strengthen the surface.  Read More

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