A SOON-TO-BE-LAUNCHED airline has been granted permission to park its aircraft at the Chandigarh airport. The parking facility for the airline will provide additional flights to the city.
Official sources said Zoom Air had recently applied for permission which was granted by the Airports Authority of India. “The destinations are not known yet. Once it is officially launched, we will get more details about it,” an airport official told Chandigarh Newsline. “They applied for the permission and it was granted.”
The official said that the airline had also applied for starting of flights from the city. “We have given it permission for the flight operations from the city. Once the airline parks the aircraft during the night here, it will give city an option of an additional flight in the night and in the morning,” he said. “The airline is planning to have Chandigarh as their base.”
Initially, the airline is planning to have one aircraft. Later, one more aircraft will be added. “We have the capacity of parking two aircraft at the Chandigarh airport,” the official said.
Chandigarh Airport CEO Sunil Dutt confirmed the development. “The Zoom Air had applied for parking their aircraft at the airport and we have given the permission,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Indian Air Force has allowed the Chandigarh Airport to operate till 10 pm. Airport officials said that they had received a communication from the IAF that the watch hours had been extended from 8 pm. “Flights at the Chandigarh airport can land and take off till 10 pm. This is a good development,” said Dutt.
According to the airport officials, with the new timing, the airlines can now operate from 8 am to 10 pm from Monday to Friday. The watch hours, however, will remain unchanged on Saturday and Sunday.