Saturday, December 09, 2017

Airport to be closed for 15 days in Feb

Mohali: The Chandigarh International Airport will remain closed for operations from February 12 to 26 next year due to runway repairs. 
The public relations officer (PRO) of Chandigarh International Airport Limited (CHIAL), Deepesh Joshi, in a statement, said: “Due to runway resurfacing work by the Indian Air Force (IAF), the runway shall remain closed from February 12 to 26, 2018. During this period, no civil and military flight will operate from Chandigarh.” 
The statement further said it was mandatory to close the runway for the completion of repairs. Repairs include re-carpeting and resurfacing of the runway. The length of runway is being extended from the present 9,000 feet to 10,400 feet to accommodate wide-bodied aircraft (Boeing 777, 787 and 747), which would facilitate long haul flights from Chandigarh to popular destinations in Europe, the USA, Canada and the UK. 
Besides, the CAT III instrument landing system would be installed to assist in landing when visibility is low.
09/12/17 Pavneet Singh Chadha/Tribune