NEW DELHI : The Biju Patnaik International Airport will remain partially shut for eight months, according to an IANS report. Plans of several air travellers could get affected as the Bhubaneswar airport will be partially closed due to the runway re-carpeting work which will be done in two phases from November. Flight services are likely to be rescheduled.

Bhubaneswar airport director Suresh Chandra Hota informed that as the re-carpeting work of main runway will be taken up, we have decided to close the airport from 10:30 pm to 5:30 am from 1st November 2019 to 31st March 2020.

"We are planning for runway re-carpeting with effect from 1st November to 31st March, 2020 from 10 pm to 5.30 am. We have requested Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for permission. Once we get the approval, the work will start," IANS quoted Suresh Chandra Hota as saying.

He further said that flight operation during daytime at the airport will be suspended from 1st April to 30th June 2020 from 10.30 am to 6 pm.

The re-carpeting of the runway is a regular maintenance work and was last taken up at the Biju Patnaik International Airport in 2007.

The airlines have been intimated about the re-carpeting of the runway by Airport Authority of India (AAI), said Hota.

Biju Patnaik International Airport serves as one of the major civil aviation hubs in eastern India. It is named after the former chief minister of Odisha, Biju Patnaik. The airport boasts of two active scheduled passenger terminals i.e. Terminals 1 and 2 for domestic and international passengers, respectively.

Goa's Dabolim international airport will also remain shut for the proposed maintenance schedule on Saturdays. From 2nd November, the runway of Goa airport will remain shut for six hours every Saturday for maintenance work. Heavy rains have damaged the runway and the proposed maintenance was expected to prevent any further deterioration, the Indian Navy said.

-With inputs from Agencies

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