Flight Cancellations Lead to Steep Fare Hikes from Mumbai Airport

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The cancellation of 200 weekly flights on 12 routes connecting Mumbai airport has caused a big increase in air ticket prices, with some fares going up by as much as 193%.

This happened because the government ordered fewer flights on February 14 to help with the “persistent congestion” at the airport, which was causing delays of up to 60 minutes. IndiGo, India’s biggest airline, had to cancel 110 flights on nine routes to and from Mumbai in the past week.

Now, there are fewer flights from Mumbai to 12 destinations like Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, and Hyderabad.

Mumbai airport used to have 6,417 flights every week, but now it’s down to 6,217 flights per week.

The cancellations have hit routes like Mumbai-Kannur particularly hard, where the number of flights has been cut in half to just six per week. Because there are fewer flights available, ticket prices have shot up, affecting travelers who need to fly on these routes.