India, Sept. 11 -- Heavy rain damaged the runway at Goa airport and it will be closed or six hours every Saturday beginning November 2 to to prevent its deterioration, the Indian Navy has said.

The Navy, which controls Goa airport as it serves dual purpose of being a Navy air base as well as a civilian airport, has however said that disruptions will remain minimal.

"The excessively heavy monsoons this season has adversely affected the runway surface. The requirement to have a minimum of six hours is necessary in Goa to prevent deterioration of runway surface. Indian Navy is mandated by regulations to ensure satisfactory condition of runway surface," the Navy said.

The Navy said non-availability of six hours maintenance slot will lead t...