New Delhi: The closure of one of the three runways and a hike in travel demand over the weekend has increased the flight fare to and from Delhi by around 86 per cent, stated an e-commerce travel website. Also Read - Air India Reduces Fares For Srinagar-Delhi to/From Flights; All You Need to Know

A sharp hike in spot airfares was reflected in several travel portals on Friday evening. The flight data shared by Ixigo stated that the ticket fare from Delhi to Bengaluru which costs Rs. 11,044 on normal days, cost Rs. 13,702 on Saturday. The flight ticket to Mumbai from the national capital which would cost Rs. 9,228 on normal days cost Rs. 11,060 on Saturday.

“Another contributing factor is a high travel demand over the upcoming weekend. We have seen an average increase of 86 per cent in airfares for flights from Delhi to key routes, including Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Chennai,” said Ixigo’s CEO and co-founder Aloke Bajpai said. Yet another reason for the hike in fares is due to the cancellation of flights from New Delhi airport, following a closure of the runway for repair.

The increase in fares from Delhi to Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Chennai, and other destinations will prevail for one week, especially between November 16 and 19.

The Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) has three runways. Operated by DIAL, IGIA is the country’s busiest aerodrome. Runway 27/09 at the airport is under repair and will remain closed for 13 days. The closure of the runway, which was informed in advance, is expected to lower the capacity of IGI Airport by 50 arrivals and 50 departures per day in the time period.

An average fare growth of 122 per cent has been recorded for Bengaluru-bound flight from Delhi. Similarly, a 57 per cent increase has been recorded for tickets to Hyderabad, ixigo said. An airline official said the closure of one of three runways has impacted the operations of flights.

(With PTI inputs)