Saturday, August 21, 2021

Chandigarh International Airport closed for 5 hours daily till September 18

Mohali: Chandigarh International Airport will be closed for five hours daily from August 21 to September 18 for installation of the runway lighting system and annual maintenance of the runway. Airport operations will be closed from 11pm to 4:30am daily, confirmed airport chief executive officer (CEO) Ajay Bhardwaj.

However, he said that no civil flights operations would be affected as no flights were operating during these hours in which the Air Force had sought closure.

Bhardwaj said, “Runway closure has been sought by the air force for installation of lights on the runway and annual maintenance. Work is already going on and we hope that the new powerful lighting system will be made functional by September 18.”

He said no flights would be affected as the last flight arrives from Bengaluru at 10:05pm, which stays overnight to depart for Bengaluru the next morning at 7:15am. He added that at present, there are 32 flights operating and footfall has increased from 3,000 per day to 5,500 per day.

Runway length was increased in 2018, after which Indian Air force (IAF) closed it from February 12 to February 16, 2018. During this period, no civil and military flights operated from Chandigarh airport. Work is being done to cater to wide-body aircraft, which will facilitate long haul flights from Chandigarh. This will fulfill the longstanding demand for flights to Europe, USA, Canada, UK and other countries.

21/08/21Times of India

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