Due to repairing work of the runways, the Chandigarh International Airport will remain closed from 12th to 26th February for operations.
On this, Deepesh Joshi (the public relations officer (PRO) of Chandigarh International Airport Limited) stated that “Due to runway resurfacing work by the Indian Air Force (IAF), the runway shall remain closed from February 12 to 26, 2018. During this period, no civil and military flight will operate from Chandigarh.”
According to the statement, it is mandatory for the authorities to close the runway till its completion. These repairs include the re-carpeting and resurfacing of the runway.
As per the repairs, the length of the runway is being extended from the present 9,000 feet to 10,400 feet in order to accommodate wide-bodied aircraft; Boeing 777, 787 and 747. These would facilitate long-haul flights from Chandigarh Airport to popular destinations in Europe, the USA, Canada and the UK. Along with that, the CAT III instrument landing system would be installed which will help in landing when visibility is low.
Suneel Dutt (CHIAL CEO) stated that “The upgraded runway will be a gift for the region as it will facilitate wide-bodied aircraft and will help the passengers of five adjoining states.”
As per the recent hearing of the airport case at the Punjab and Haryana High Court, it was concluded that the airport would remain shut for 15 days each on two occasions. Currently, the airport would remain closed from 4 pm to 5 am (Monday to Saturday). Plus, there will be no flights on Sundays.