Mumbai airport will remain shut for six hours every day for 22 days between February and March for upgrade work on runways. Airfares are likely to increase by 80% during this time.
Flight movements will be halted for a runway upgrade between 11 AM and 5 PM on all Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays starting from February 7 till March 30.
On an average, 230 flights will be cancelled each day, leading to over 4,800 cancellations till March end.
International flights will be prioritised for take-offs and landing, which could mean delays for the domestic ones. Most major domestic airlines have put out a list of the affected flights.
Re-carpeting work at the Mumbai airport is being carried out to prevent degradation of runways, which handles about 950 flights daily.
The shutdown is likely to affect flights running to-and-fro from Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad, causing the fares to rise eventually.