Ahmedabad runway renovation hits flights

May 22nd, 2008 - 2:03 pm ICT by admin  

Ahmedabad, May 22 (IANS) A three-day renovation work initiated at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel international airport here has left fliers of bigger aircraft fuming after an Air India flight to London was axed. National carrier Air India Thursday cancelled its Ahmedabad-London flight (AI 133), leaving passengers who had reported for boarding stranded at the airport.

Many passengers protested vocally saying they were not warned about the cancellation in advance.

Landing and takeoff of bigger aircraft have been affected after work on the runway renovation began Wednesday.

“We had informed all airlines about the repair work. Smaller aircraft and flights are operating normally,” airport director B.P. Bhagat told IANS.

“Only Air India and Emirates have been affected. The work is being done after advance planning. This was decided two-three months ago,” he said.

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