The Ministry of Defence on Friday gave clearance for extension of watch hours to facilitate commencement of international flights from the Chandigarh Airport.
In a communication to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said that international flights would be facilitated beyond the existing watch hours.
At present, civil aircraft operations in Chandigarh are allowed from sunrise to 8 pm, and regular extension of watch hours was under process, Jaitley said.
However, Chandigarh Airport director M S Duhan said they had not yet received confirmation from the ministry. “We are just waiting for a formal clearance. Our airport is ready with the required infrastructure, immigration facilities and the Customs,” he said.
IndiGo and Spice Jet airlines have already been given permission to operate international flights from Chandigarh to Dubai and Bangkok.
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Duhan said Spicejet had given a confirmation that they would start a Chandigarh-Dubai flight in September.
Also in September, low-cost airline Air Asia (India) will connect Bangalore with Chandigarh and Jaipur. Bookings for these flights will open soon at the airport.
Duhan said, “Air Asia will be a new entrant in the city, they have come up with this proposal but the date has not been fixed yet.”