Chandigarh International Airport, giving fillip to Punjab’s development plan

Chandigarh International Airport which is being named after freedom fighter and great revolutionary Shaheed Bhagat Singh is all set to give fillip to the development drive of Punjab government by operating international flights in the coming days.

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The eco-friendly airport which is one of its own kind in the country, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September 2015.

Prominent Airlines including Air India, Indigo and Spicejet have alrady shown keenness to operate international flights from Chandigarh, which caters not only to Punjab and Chandigarh but also to Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. Some of these firms have already
received permission for operating flights from Chandigarh to Dubai and Sharjah.

Chandigarh International Airport Ltd CEO Sunil Dutt says that efforts were being made to get every required facility from the Union ministry to start international flights at the earliest.

While in first phase flights would be made operational to the Gulf countries, in the second phase modalities for introducing connecting flights to European and North America countries are being worked out.

According to Viswajeet Khanna Principal Secretary Civil Aviation Punjab, the issue of night operations was also being sorted out.

At present the proposal is with the civil aviation ministry and if all goes well international flights are likely to be made operational in the next few months following ministry’s clearance to the international carriers.

The government has also received proposals from Bulgarian airline- BH Air, and Flydubai- a Saudi Arabian airline, to start flights from Chandigarh, besides a few Airlines which are already operating domestic flights from here.

Chandigarh International Airport is well equipped to handle bigger air crafts like Airbus 320 and Boeing 737-900. The airport which comes under 4d category has enough runway and ground facilities to take care of bigger crafts and more passengers.

A proposal for introducing CATIIIB facility, increase in watch hours and length of runway for expansion was also pending was also under active consideration.

Main features

The airport runway is located in Chandigarh while the new terminal is located in Jheurheri village of SAS Nagar district. Punjab and Haryana have equal stake of 24.5% over the airport while the Airports Authority of India has remaining share of 51% stake in the new
terminal building.

The eco-friendly airport which is unique in the country, has indoors laid with plants giving the impressing of it being a botanical garden. The airport, which has a 53000 square meter building including basement has a capacity to handle 1,600 passengers at a time. It has a
parking capacity of more than 500 vehicles. Besides it also has 14 lifts, six escalators and 48 check-in counters. It also has a 200-KW solar power plant on service yard rooftop.

The present Runway 11/29 has a length of 9000 and uses a CAT 1 ILS system. Presently Indian Air Force owns and operates the runways.

Flights to this airport have been limited to operate between 7 am to 8 pm. Presently Airlines like Air Asia India, Air India, GoAir, Indigo, Jet Airways and Spice Jet are operating flights to Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Bhubaneswar, Ahmedabad, Chennai,Hyderabad, Kochi and Srinagar.

Though the airport infrastructure is being looked after by the AAI, the runway and flight operations are under the supervions of Indian Air Force.

The first phase terminal covering 53,000 sq metre has a capacity of 1,600 passengers at a time and a parking space for 150 vehicles. The project has Punjab, Airport Authority of India and Haryana as partners.

Initially Indigo and Spice Jet got DGCA approval for operating flights to Dubai but so far no launch dates have been announced.

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