Sunday, February 26, 2017

Chandigarh: 36 flights in a single day and counting

Chandigarh: For the first time, since it began its operations, the Chandigarh International Airport has started operating 36 flights on a single day. As per the latest schedule issued by the Airport Authority of India (AAI), the first flight arrives at the airport around 7.15 am and the last flight departs at 9.35 pm daily. According to the new schedule, the maximum flights that operates from Chandigarh is Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. While in 2006, only three flights were operating per day, the number has now reached to 36 after several airlines introduced flights to several new destination since last year, said airport authorities.
Chandigarh Airport CEO Sunil Dutt told Chandigarh Newsline that this “is a good sign for the growth of the airport”. “Yes, the airport is operating 36 flights for the first time. Our goal is to introduce more flights from the city, so that it gets connected with rest of the country. Recently, four new direct flights have been introduced and we are getting an overwhelming response,” he said, adding, “The airlines should review their business plans from the airport because there is huge potential for them.”
Airport sources said that after launching direct connectivity to Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai and Leh, the authority has already approached various airlines to start flights to Goa and other destinations such as Kolkata, Lucknow,Patna, Ahmadabad. “Patna is an important destination because of the religious factor. We are approaching airlines about it,” said a senior official, adding that starting a flight to Goa is “difficult as slots are not currently available at the Dabolim Airport.”
26/02/17 Adil Akhzer/Indian Express