Airfares surge for Mumbai airport repair work

Mumbai (Maharashtra): With the Mumbai airport shutting for runway repairs thrice a week, airfares especially on the Delhi-Mumbai sector, has seen a surge of 30 per cent owning to fewer flights operating out of one of India’s busiest airports.

“The fares are up by upwards of 30 per cent compared to the non-closure days. We would advise travellers to plan their travel well in advance to avoid paying these extremely high fares,” Sharat Dhall, COO (B2C) Yatra, an online travel agency.

The airport will be shut between 11am and 5pm every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from February 7 to March 30 for re-carpeting of the intersection between the two runways.

According to Mumbai airport authorities, 240 flights will be cancelled daily from the Mumbai airport and various international flights have also been rescheduled.