Chandigarh International Airport will remain closed for civil and military operations from Sunday for two weeks on account of the ongoing runway repair.
The airport authorities had announced the suspension of flight operations from February 12 to 26.
Chandigarh International Airport Limited (CHIAL) public relations officer (PRO) Deepesh Joshi said, “The traffic of passengers at the airport is 4,000-4,200 a day. So, the disruption is expected to affect at least 60,000 passengers. The operations will resume on February 27.”
The repair work of the airport includes re-carpeting, with the length of runway getting extended from the current 9,000 feet to 10,400 feet for accommodating wide-bodied aircrafts. These aircrafts facilitate long-haul flights from Chandigarh to destinations in Europe, USA, Canada and UK.
Suneel Dutt, CHIAL CEO said, “The airport caters to an average of 1,50,000 passengers in a month. A majority of the traffic will be diverted to Delhi for connecting flights. The runway repair will be beneficial in the long run.”