Runway Closure at Mumbai Airport

Air Fare Increased Due to Runway Closure at Mumbai Airport

As runway closure at Mumbai airport for repair work, flight operation from the main runway has shut and airfares on the Delhi-Mumbai and other domestic route has spiked.

As per some leading online portals, a one-way ticket for the country’s busiest Delhi-Mumbai sector may cost somewhere between 3,000 to 3,500 for travel on November 15 by an LCC carrier like GoAir and SpiceJet.

An airline executive said that due to runway closure at Mumbai airport, the entire flight movement has come down. As a result, there is a marginal increase in the price of air tickets.

“The number of flights has come down by 10 %. Since the demand is low the existing capacity continues to be in excess and thus ticket costs remain reasonable. not like in the past when ticket costs on the route during high season touched Rs 20,000 one way we have not seen such situation this time around,” he said.

An Air India official also denied that airfare had touched sky-high as being reported.

“The ticket price is very much normal. There has only been a little increase but that could be attributed to high season,” the executive said.

The main runway of the Mumbai international airport will stay closed for eight hours on a daily basis, except Sundays and choose days, from November four to March 28, 2020, for completing re-carpeting work.

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International airport (CSMIA) is the country’s second-busiest airport and has 2 runways.

The field operator — GVK Mumbai International airport Ltd (MIAL) — on Thursday said the runway ‘RWY 09/27’ would be open for operations on Sundays as well as on select days, including Christmas and New Year.

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