Mumbai Airport To Remain Shut For 6 Hours; Nearly 5000 Flights Cancelled

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.