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With Chandigarh airport closing down for two weeks in February, more trains to ply on Delhi route

Three Shatabdi Express are among the trains plying between Chandigarh and Delhi daily.

punjab Updated: Dec 19, 2017 13:30 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Ambala divisional railway manager Dinesh Kumar said on Tuesday that the proposal to start new trains or add coaches to trains to accommodate travellers to and from Delhi will be finalised early in January.(HT File/Representative image )

Northern Railway will introduce special trains or increase the number of coaches in trains between Chandigarh and Delhi to meet the demand in view of the closure of the airport for a fortnight in February.

Ambala divisional railway manager Dinesh Kumar said on Tuesday that the proposal to start new trains or add coaches to trains to accommodate travellers to and from Delhi will be finalised early in January.

The present runway length is 9,000 feet and is being increased to 10,200 feet. After the upgrade, the airport will be ready for long haul flights to Europe, US and Australia.

“It is premature to specify how many coaches will be added. The matter is being discussed. It will depend on the demand. We will try to accommodate all passengers and can start special trains during the period the airport is closed. The details will be available by this month-end,” Kumar said.

Three Shatabdi Express are among the trains plying between Chandigarh and Delhi daily.

The Chandigarh International Airport will be closed from February 12 to 26 for runway repair. No flight will operate during that period.

At present, the Chandigarh airport operates international flights to Dubai, Sharjah and Bangkok. It has 27 flights in the domestic circuit, connecting the city to Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Srinagar, Leh, Jammu and Jaipur. The airport handles 4,000-5,000 passengers per day.

The airport will be shut for upgrade so that wide-bodied planes can land here too. The present runway length of 9,000 feet is being increased to 10,200 feet. After the upgrade, the airport will be ready for long haul flights to Europe, the US and Australia.

First Published: Dec 19, 2017 13:28 IST