Chandigarh International Airport has been struggling to take off international flights since its inauguration in September 2015 but things have changed recently. Air India, the airlines owned by the Government of India has announced a direct international flight from Chandigarh to Sharjah starting from 15th September, 2016.
The announcement came after Indigo had announced a direct flight from Chandigarh to Dubai starting 26th September, 2015.
Air India’s Chandigarh Sharjah Flight
While the Chandigarh Dubai flight is a daily flight, this Air India flight from Chandigarh to Sharjah will be operated thrice a week. By announcing a date of 15th September, Air India will take a lead for the first international flight from Chandigarh.
Air India will operate 3 flights per week. The days on which Chandigarh – Sharjah flight will operate are Monday, Thrusday and Saturday. The flight is a direct flight that will take off from Chandigarh at at 18:15 hours. The plane will land at Sharjah at 20:00 hours. On the return journey, Air India plane will take off from Sharjah at 12:45 hours and will land at Chandigarh International Airport at 17:15 hours.
These flights would be operated by Air India Express and the airlines has purchased a brand new Boeing 737 – 800 aircraft for this purpose.
Inaugural discounts were offered and Air India claimed that all the tickets at those special prices have already been sold. There is tremendous joy among people of Chandigarh who would now be able to fly directly from Chandigarh to Sharjah.
If we look at the flight time between Chandigarh & Sharjah, then it takes around 3 hours 15 minutes. Considering this, if a person had to board his flight from Delhi, it takes 4.5 hours to reach New Delhi airport and then again the flight time to reach Sharjah. But this direct flight was surely the need of the hour.
After Chandigarh Sharjah, another international flight will be operational from Chandigarh International Airport will be Indigo’s Chandigarh – Dubai flight. These flights will surely boost business and trade in the region and also promote tourism.