Kochi, June 18: Travellers planing for a trip to Kerala later this year will have to book their flight tickets carefully as daytime flight operations at Cochin International Airport will be suspended from November 2019 to March 2020. According to a report by Manoramaonline, the runway of the airport would be shut from November 6, 2019 to March 28, 2020 during the day due to the carpeting of the runway. Thus, there will be no flight operations from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM during the five-month period. The re-carpeting work of the entire runway includes re-tarring, maintenance and overhauling of the entire stretch of the runway.
A statement issued by the airport stated that as the mandatory runway re-carpeting work of the airport is due in the month of November this year. For this, the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) has instructed all the operating airlines to re-schedule their daytime flight services for five months from November this year to March 2020. Pinarayi Vijayan Opposes Adani Group's Bid to Develop Trivandrum International Airport.
Reports inform that as of now, 31 domestic services and seven international flights start journey from Kochi. According to a report by PTI report, the commercial operations at Kochi airport started in 1999 and the runway underwent its first re-carpeting in the year 2009. Since then, this is going to be the second re-carpeting work for the 3400 metres long and 60-metre wide runway.