Chandigarh International Airport which still does not have a name will now be closed down for 5 days. The closure of Chandigarh International Airport for 5 days will hamper over 100 flights and thousands of travellers as all flights on those days have been cancelled. Airport authorities have decided to completely close down Chandigarh International Airport on consecutive Sundays starting 10th April, 2016 due to runway repair work. No flight will take off or land at the airport on these 5 Sundays.
When will Chandigarh Airport remain closed?
The 5 Sundays when the airport will be closed down include 3 Sundays of April and 2 of May. The exact dates are as follow:
- 10th April, 2016
- 17th April, 2016
- 24th April, 2016
- 1st May, 2016
- 8th May, 2016
Over 100 flights Cancelled from Chandigarh International Airport
A total of 20 direct flights land and take off from Chandigarh International Airport daily. 5 days of shutting down Chandigarh International Airport means cancellation of 100 flights. This is a huge number.
Shutting down of airport for even a single day is a big thing and is not at all a common practise. Repair works are conducted when there is a gap between take-off or landing of flights on the runway. However, Chandigarh International Airport authorities have decided to completely shut down the airport for runway repairs that too for 5 days.
Airlines, Shops Owners, Taxi Operators & Passengers Angry
Shutting down of Chandigarh International Airport will result in huge losses for all airlines that operate flights from this airport. Jet Airways, GoAir, SpiceJet, Air India, IndiGo and AirAsia operate flights on daily basis from Chandigarh. All flights have been cancelled resulting in losses to these airlines. All airlines will have to refund the ticket price to passengers or will have to accommodate them in next day’s flight.
Shop owners at the airport, taxi operators which operate cabs and the passengers have expressed their anger over the decision to shut down the airport for 5 days.
Source: The Tribune