Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Chandigarh airport will soon be ready for wide-bodied aircraft: Jayant Sinha

The Chandigarh airport will soon be ready to handle wide-bodied aircraft, linking the city to far off international destinations in the US and Europe, Union Minister Jayant Sinha said Tuesday. The Minister of State for Civil Aviation made the remark while addressing a conference on "Making India an Aviation Hub: Giving Wings to Aviation Sector in North", organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII),  Chandigarh.

The Chandigarh airport will be made available for night operations as well by March 2019, said Sinha. The operation of wide-bodied aircraft would provide the city direct air linkages to major international destinations, including those in the US, Europe, Canada and the UK. The airport would be suitable for big aircrafts such as Boeing 787, Boeing 777 and Airbus 330.

The existing Chandigarh airport runway can cater only to middle-body aircraft that could fly only to domestic destinations and a few closer destinations aborad including Dubai, Sharjah and Bangkok. The airport lies in defence airfield which is increasingly being used by civilian operators. The Air Traffic Control and runway operations lie with the IAF. The first phase of the airport runway repairs was carried out from February 12 to 26 this year and the airport remained shut for all flights. The second phase of closure was from May 12 to May 31.
25/09/18 PTI/ZeeBiz

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