Monday, February 12, 2018

Chandigarh airport closed for runway expansion

Delhi: The Chandigarh International Airport was closed for all air traffic on Monday for authorities to carry out runway expansion and repairs.

Flight operations will remain suspended from February 12 to 26, an airport official said on Monday. The 15-day closure of the airport will roughly affect over 80,000 passengers, an official said.

Flight operations will resume on February 27.
Airport Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sunil Dutt said the runway was being upgraded to increase its length from 9,000 feet to 10,400 feet to enable operation of wide-bodied aircrafts.

This would better enable air carriers to connect the city with destinations in Europe, the US and Australia in the future.

The airport is a defence facility and is controlled by the Indian Air Force (IAF) which operates a transport squadron here.
12/02/18 IANS/India Today