It's official now. The Chandigarh international airport will be operational from October 19. All domestic flights will operate from the new airport, which has been built on over 308 acres at Jheurheri village in SAS Nagar at a cost of around `500 crore. The terminal of the new airport was inaugurated by prime minister Narendra Modi on September 11.
Chief executive officer (CEO) of the Chandigarh international airport Suneel Dutt said the new airport was ready and all the need-based arrangements had been made.
Air India, Jet Airways, AirAsia, Indigo, Spicejet, GoAir and non-scheduled flights will operate from the newly constructed integrated terminal building at Chandigarh civil airport from October 19.
There will be no operations from existing terminal building after October 15 till further notice. The airport will remain closed from October 16 to October 18 for the maintenance of the runway by the Indian Air Force.
The new airport can be accessed from the Aerocity Road from either side, that is, SAS Nagar, Sector 66, or Patiala Road.
The new terminal building has been designed on a green building concept and has five levels. The arrival hall is on the ground floor and the departure on the first.
The new terminal project also includes an elevated road to facilitate departure of passengers from the first floor, besides an interconnected tunnel for services, which also joins the terminal building and the service block.
The new terminal building project also includes rainwater harvesting and reuse of treated water for flushing and gardening. The modern integrated terminal building is made of glass and steel structure and is equipped with modern state-of-the-art equipment and passenger facilities.
The operations of the international airport will be run under the joint venture of Chandigarh International Airport Limited (CHIAL) and the Airports Authority of India (AAI). The AAI has 51% stake and the remaining is equally shared by Punjab and Haryana (24.5% each). The AAI has invested in the construction of the terminal building, taxiway and other related infrastructure, while Punjab and Haryana contributed by transferring 308 acres of land to it.
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Area: 308 acres
Cost Rs 500 crore
Distance from Sector-17 ISBT: 19km
Terminal building area: 53,000 sq m
Passenger capacity: 1,600 (1,150 domestic; 450 international)
Immigration counters: 8
Ticketing counters: 12
Check-in counters: 48
Car-parking capacity: 500