THE PUNJAB and Haryana High Court on Monday directed the Centre to grant all due clearances to IndiGo airlines for starting of international flights from Chandigarh airport by June 10 and told IndiGo airlines to submit its flight schedule within three weeks thereafter.
The court issued directions to Air India to submit its flight schedule about starting of international combo flights from Chandigarh on the next date of hearing. The court also directed the Central ministries, including the Defence Ministry, to convene a meeting for making available all the necessary facilities at the Chandigarh airport, including the CAT-II or CAT-III landing system.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on September 11, 2015, inaugurated the Chandigarh International Airport on which around Rs 1,400 crore had been spent but no international flight is operational from Chandigarh to date.
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During the hearing of the case, secretary of Civil Aviation Ministry and chairman of the Airports Authority of India were also present in the court. The secretary of Civil Aviation Ministry submitted that the ministry was making all-out efforts to start international flights at the earliest from Chandigarh and assured his full cooperation.
Petitioner Mohali Industries Association’s senior counsel Puneet Bali argued that though Air India was ready to start combo international flights from Chandigarh, since it would go trough Delhi, directions should be issued to the authorities that there should not be more time between the connecting flights at Delhi airport. He submitted that as per Air India’s plans, it seemed that there was a long delay at the Delhi airport in connecting flights.