The city will soon develop wings as far its connectivity with Delhi is concerned. Starting February 20, there will 30 flights to and from the two Capitals with Jet Airways starting seven flights (round-trip). The city already has eight existing eight flights of different airlines.
A one-way ticket is being offered for Rs 2,200 on some of these flights. Some airlines are also charging anything between Rs 5,000 and Rs 17,000 depending upon demand and category. A Shatabdi executive class ticket can cost anywhere between Rs 1,200 and Rs 1,300 due to the flexifare system. A chair car seat costs between Rs 800 and Rs 900.
The sudden business interest from airlines means that of the 14 operational hours at the Chandigarh international airport, there will now be 15 flights to Delhi.
The airport operations will start with a flight to Delhi at 7.35am and end with the last flight (again to Delhi) departing at 9.35pm.
A senior officer at the airport told HT that the occupancy on the route was usually around 75% with 1,000 passengers travelling between the cities on eight 72-seater aircraft per day. With the number of flights almost doubling, the number of passengers will touch around 1,600 a day. This is assuming occupancy level remains the same. The number of passengers using the city airport has grown more than 20% to 15 lakh over the past year.