Mumbai: The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport will remain shut for six hours, from 11am to 5pm, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from Feb 7 to March 30, for re-carpeting the runway. However, the airport will remain open on March 21, a Thursday, on Holi.
The recarpeting of the intersection of the two runways is done to prevent degradation. The last time the airport was recarpeted was in 2010, said an official. Two layers of asphalt will be laid on the runways to strengthen the surface, normally done before monsoons.
Airport officials said the shut would affect demand for key routes running to-and-from Delhi, Bengaluru and Hyderabad, with fares slated to shoota up by 80%. The official said around 230 flights will be cancelled daily. Delhi is likely to see the maximum number of cancellations at 33 flights, followed by Goa with 18 flights and Bengaluru with 16 flights.