From March 1 till December 31, Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport at Amritsar will not be operational from 8-pm to 6-am to facilitate strengthening and recarpeting of its 12,000 feet long runway and other repair work at a cost of Rs 103 crore. This will allow large aircraft such as Boeing 747-800 and Airbus 380 to land at the airport. Currently, Boeing 747s can land and take off, but without a full load. More layers of high module asphalt with fibers will be added on the runway, which has developed cracks. The last recarpeting was done in 2001-03. The Airport Authority of India has allotted the work to a private company. Work was scheduled to begin on February 15, but got delayed. It will now commence in a few days.“The managements of all airlines operating from the airport at night have been asked to reschedule their operations to avoid inconvenience to passengers,” said an airport official.