The Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) here is gearing up for a major disruption in its operations from February 8 to April 30. The runway will be closed partially first for the Aero India rehearsals and show days, and later for its upgrade work. These closures will trigger massive changes in flight schedules.
The airshow is scheduled to be held at the Yelahanka Air Force Station from February 12 to 18. Since the Air Base is too close to the Devanahalli-based KIA, all flight operations will be cancelled during show rehearsals from February 8 to 11. The runway will again be closed partially during the show days.
Airlines with scheduled aircraft operations that will be impacted during this period have received communication on the reduced operating hours, the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) said in an official release. “Passenger convenience will be ensured with the respective airlines sharing timely communication on the change in airport operations and the cancelled/revised flight timings during the length of the 2017 Aero India show,” it said.
A day after the airshow, the runway will again be closed partially for a planned upgrade work, to be carried out in a phased manner. This closure will be effective from February 19 to April 30, 10.30 am to 5 pm. BIAL said the upgrade will also involve partial closure of facilities without any impact on airport operations.