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Mumbai/New Delhi: The partial runway closure and subsequent cancellation of flights at the Delhi airport have led to a sharp rise in last-minute average fares with rates on some key sectors shooting up to 86 per cent amid high weekend travel demand, industry experts claimed on Friday.

The Delhi International Airport Ltd, the private aerodrome operator, had early last month announced closure of one of the three runways for “preventive repairs” for 13 days, starting November 15. It also told the airlines to tweak their flight schedule accordingly. On Friday evening, several travel portals showed a sharp rise in spot airfares.

The spurt in fares is mostly on following routes: Delhi to Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Chennai and other destinations for the next one week, especially (November 16-19). While the fare for a Delhi-Bengaluru flight on a normal day is around Rs 11,044, for travel on Saturday (November 17), it was quoted at Rs 13,702, according to the data out by travel portal Ixigo.

One travelling to Mumbai from the national capital on Saturday would have to spend Rs 11,060, as against Rs 9,228 on a normal day, as per the portal. Another contributing factor for the spurt is the high travel demand over the upcoming weekend.Besides 09/27, the Delhi airport has two more runways — 11/29 and 10/28 — which will remain operational. The three runways handle 1,300 flights per day.

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