Chandigarh Airport was inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi on 11 September 2015.
“The officers held a gathering with the British Excessive Fee to start out the flight to London. The proposals have been despatched and it’s anticipated to start out from October, as the method will take round eight months to finish. The direct flight will almost definitely be to London’s Heathrow Airport or Birmingham Airport, which is about 170 km from the UK capital,” Rakesh Dembla, chief govt officer, Chandigarh Worldwide Airport Restricted (CHAIL), informed Hindustan Occasions.
He mentioned that Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher can be taking ahead the proposal to start out direct flights to the UK.
Of the two worldwide flights from Chandigarh airport, the flight to Sharjah is at present operational, whereas the one to Dubai will resume from March 28. The flight was suspended as a result of Covid-19 pandemic.
“There are plans to extend home flights from 56 to 76 (each arrival and departure), other than resuming Dubai flight twice. With this, a lot of the nation might be lined from Chandigarh,” Dembla mentioned.
Mohali Industries Affiliation President Anurag Aggarwal additionally backed the transfer to start out Chandigarh-London flights, saying, “It has been an enormous demand from industrialists, who’ve lengthy struggled to get extra worldwide flights from Chandigarh, even That additionally by means of a case in Punjab. and Haryana Excessive Court docket. ,
“The worldwide airport was created to advertise commerce, which is feasible solely by means of an intensive home community in addition to connectivity to many elements of the world,” he mentioned.
Between January and mid-February, the airport noticed a 40 % drop in its passenger depend, which dropped to six,000 a day. Airport spokesperson KP Singh shared that within the final one week, it has elevated to 10,000 and extra folks have began air journey.
In the meantime, air cargo operations are but to start, regardless of being launched in November 2021.