Port Blair Airport or Veer Savarkar International Airport will be closed for four days every week from March 1, 2022 to May 31, 2022 because of the runway upgradation and re-carpeting work.

Daily flight operations is expected to be disturbed due to the renovation work. As of now, more than 12 daily flights operate in and out of Port Blair Airport. Before the world was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, around 22 flights operated here.

The travel trade and association are slightly unhappy with the decision to close the airport. The association feels that the closure will have a significant impact on tourism in the area. Tourism is an important revenue generator for Andaman and the decision is likely to impact the sector hardly as tourism sector is already badly hitted by the coronavirus pendamic from last two years.

The Tourism Association of Andaman and Nicobar said in a message, "Kind request to re-consider NOTAMN C0030/22 wef 01/03/2022 to 31/05/2022 reg RWY closure 4 days a week amidst AAI Port Blair Airport runway maintenance and upgradation work, which may deeply affect the lifeline of the islands."

On the other hand, people associated with the tourism sector requested the government to reconsider the idea as they have seen huge losses in the tourism industry due to flight restrictions for several days in a week.


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