Chandigarh: From May 12 to May 31, the Chandigarh International Airport will remain closed for all the Air Traffic. This closure of the Airport is to carry out the expansion of runway and repairs. This is the second phase of the runway repair of the Chandigarh Airport. To recall, from February 12 to February 26, the first phase of runway repair was carried out.
No Military & Civil Flights Will Operate From Chandigarh Airport During Repair Time
According to the NOTAM (Notice to Airmen), The phase two of the runway repair of Chandigarh Airport will start from May 12 and during this time no Civil and Military Flights will operate from Chandigarh Airport from 12th May to 31st May.
The conclusion of the airplane terminal later this month will influence a huge number of travelers, particularly amid the mid-year summer season beginning later in May. The airplane terminal additionally has an Indian Air Force (IAF) transport unit based here catering to the forward regions in Jammu and Kashmir, especially Ladakh area.
During the closure of the Chandigarh International Airport from May 12 to May 31, the IAF had moved all its aircraft to alternatives bases in north India. The base was built up in 1961 as a noteworthy air logistics hub of Indian troops conveyed in Jammu and Kashmir. It has additionally been home to fighter squadrons that were conveyed for the air defence of the touchy Punjab sector.
Completion of phase III in the First Half of 2019
Under Phase II (May 12 to 31) of repair of Chandigarh Airport, there would be work to broaden the runway from the current 9,000 feet to 10,400 feet, the representative stated, including that amid this stage while flight activities would continue amid the day, the length of usable runway would be limited to 7,200 to 8,000 ft.
The finish of Phase II, around toward the end of the year, would allow normal day operations on an expanded runway length, the representative said. Stage III includes the fitment of runway lights and other navigational guides. End of stage III would allow unrestricted day and night operations at Chandigarh airfields. Finishing of stage III is envisaged in the first half of 2019.
The Chandigarh International Airport currently handles 30 commercial flights daily which includes fights to Sharjah, Bangkok and Dubai. The international airport is currently linked to Mumbai, Bangaluru, Jaipur, Srinagar, Delhi and few other cities of India in the domestic route. The nearby Airport for travellers in Delhi Airport and Amritsar Airport. Both Airport are around 250 Km away from Chandigarh.