An UNANNOUNCED change in the timing of a popular Air India (AI) flight between Pune and Chandigarh (AI 813/4) has created confusion among frequent fliers between the two cities, with many believing the service has been cancelled. Many fliers took to social media asking “why the service has been discontinued”. The AI authorities have now clarified that the operation timings of the flight have been altered temporarily due to the ongoing maintenance work on a runway at Chandigarh.
AI 813/4, which started in January this year, has received a good response from fliers as shown in its booking history, officials said.
Suhas Jadhav, Station Manager of Air India, Pune, clarified that the flight has only been re-scheduled.
“Due to the ongoing runway maintenance work, the flight timings have been changed. Earlier, AI 814 used to depart from Pune at 2 pm and reach Chandigarh at 4.20 pm. Now it will depart from Pune at 12.20 pm and reach Chandigarh at 2.50 pm. The Chandigarh-Pune flight (AI 813) will depart from Chandigarh at 9.15 am and arrive at Pune at 11.40 am,” Jadhav said.
“The earlier departure is actually a boon to those taking the flight to reach destinations such as Shimla and Manali as they can immediately leave from Chandigarh and reach their destinations early,” said Jadhav.