Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Airport scrambles to maintain international tag

Chandigarh: With only one flight connecting it to a foreign destination, the Chandigarh international airport is scrambling to keep up with its international tag.

Sharjah is now the only international destination connected to Chandigarh as IndiGo Airlines has suspended its flight to Dubai for two months, beginning December 14. Last week, Air India also suspended a morning flight between Chandigarh and Delhi till January.

In fact, in the past, several flights from the airport have been cancelled.
In 2018, an Air India flight to Bangkok was cancelled. In 2019, connectivity to several domestic destinations — Jaipur, Lucknow and Indore — was lost as Jet Airways shut down operations.
IndiGo Airlines is also set to discontinue its Kolkata-Chandigarh-Srinagar flight, cutting off direct air connectivity between Kolkata and Chandigarh completely.
Another flight — between Hisar and Chandigarh — launched on September 3 under the Civil Aviation Ministry’s ambitious UDAN scheme, operated for just two weeks.
“Why this happened, we can’t say, it is up to the Haryana Government,” said airport spokesperson Prince Dildar. According to sources, IndiGo and Air India flights have been cancelled due to frequent disruptions during winter.
“The Air India flight to Delhi served as a connecting flight to other destinations. If the flight from Chandigarh is four hours late, then the passengers will miss the connecting flight. So this was done to facilitate the passengers who can now use other modes of transport,” said a source.
26/11/19 Kaveesha Kohli/Tribune
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