Jet Airways’ Chandigarh-Abu Dhabi flight a non-starter
Reason: Limited watch-hour facility at the Chandigarh International Airport. The operations at the airport take place between 7am to 10pm.punjab Updated: Jul 19, 2017 14:08 IST
The Central government has turned down Jet Airways’ proposal to run a flight between Chandigarh and Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
Reason: Limited watch-hour facility at the Chandigarh International Airport. The operations at the airport take place between 7am to 10pm.
The revelation was made by independent adviser senior advocate ML Sarin during the resumed hearing of a petition before a division bench considering a bunch of petitions related to the airport infrastructure in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.
As per Sarin, the Jet Airways flight was to land at 2.15am and fly back to Abu Dhabi at 4.30am.
However, the proposal, learnt to have been moved to the civil aviation ministry, was turned down by the Union ministry of defence. Jet Airways is the biggest private carrier in India.
Runway recarpeting to begin in Nov
The Centre told the court that runway recarpeting will commence in November.
When the HC bench of justices SS Saron and Avneesh Jhingan asked why the work couldn’t start early, the court was informed that it would take three to four months for the private firm, engaged for the job, to put in place the necessary machines.
As per Chandigarh International Airports Limited (CHIAL), the work on the runway would be carried out in such a way that there is minimal disruption of air operations. The work is likely to stretch up to two years, but for around eight months, the operations will be restricted to 10-12 hours.
Earlier, the Air Force had stated that air operation could be restricted between 5am and 5pm, cut of three hours to normal timings, for the development work.
But the court had opined that the new runway would be very useful for Air Force as well and it should also consider shifting its early morning flights to nearby airports so that time for development work could be increased.
The early-morning flights of Air Force cater to supplies to Jammu and Kashmir and other parts.
Air India’s flight to Bangkok from Oct 29
The Air India told the court that it has decided to start the Chandigarh-Bangkok flight from October 29.
The information was given by Air India station manager, Chandigarh airport, GS Tomar. Air India has only one international flight from Chandigarh, connecting it to Sharjah.