Friday, February 09, 2018

Chandigarh airport to close for two weeks for runway repair

Mohali: With the Chandigarh International Airport remaining closed for civil and military operations from Sunday for two weeks on account of the ongoing runway repair, more than 60,000 passengers will have to defer their air travel plans from the city.
The airport authorities had earlier announced the suspension of flight operations from February 12 to 26.
The repair work includes re-carpeting, with the length of runway being extended from current 9,000 feet to 10,400 feet to accommodate wide-bodied air crafts, which will facilitate long-haul flights from Chandigarh to destinations in Europe, USA, Canada and UK.
Chandigarh International Airport Limited (CHIAL) public relations officer (PRO) Deepesh Joshi said: “The traffic of passengers at the airport is 4,000-4,200 a day. So, the disruption is expected to affect at least 60,000 passengers. The operations will resume on February 27.”
An IAF official said no military flights would operate from Chandigarh during the 15-day period. “Leh flights would take off from an airfield in Ambala,” said the official.
Suneel Dutt, CHIAL CEO, said: “The airport caters to an average of 1,50,000 passengers in a month. A majority of the traffic will be diverted to Delhi for connecting flights. The runway repair will be beneficial in the long run.”
09/02/18 Tribune