Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport in Lucknow has been closed for night flights from February 23 to expand and repair its existing runway. The curb on night operations will lift on July 11, airport officials stated.
The Lucknow Airport will be shut from 9:30 pm to 6:00 am and no flights will operate within this time frame. This is being done because the airport is set to undergo expansion and upgradation on its existing runway, as the number of passenger and cargo flights increase here.
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Lucknow airport night closure: All you need to know
According to Business Standard, an airport official said, “The airport will be undertaking various construction activities to upgrade the infrastructure on the airside which includes introduction of three new link taxiways, new ground lights for aircraft operations, runway end safety area made of sand and aircraft turn pad expansion.”
This work will prepare the international airport to receive a larger number of aircraft — both passenger and cargo. The report adds that the airport authorities have informed airline companies about the unavailability of the runway for about 8.5 hours, to be able to schedule (and re-plan) flights accordingly.
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Talking to media, the spokesperson of Lucknow Airport said, “Go Air has cancelled its flights G8- 2619 and 2620 from February 24. IndiGo has changed the timing of its Lucknow-Kolkata flight (6E 6469) from 6:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Similarly, the timing of the Lucknow-Bengaluru flight (6E 6354) has been changed from 10:55 pm to 7:50 pm. Also, the timing of the Lucknow-Patna flight (6E 118) has been changed to 8:30 pm instead of earlier 9:50 pm. Further, the timing of Lucknow-Mumbai flight (6E 2245) has been changed from 9:30 pm to 9:15 pm.”
The international airport in Lucknow received clearance from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change to expand its passenger handling capacity to 39 million per annum from the current 4.5 million. The cargo capacity at the airport can now be up to 0.25 million tonnes per annum, reports add.
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Uttar Pradesh, especially Lucknow, is one of the destinations gaining popularity when it comes to tourism. Be it spiritual, historical or food-based travel, Lucknow is the place to visit to get an overall immersive experience. It’s also a great destination to shop for clothes – chikankari in particular – as well as visiting some stunning mosques and monuments.
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