Chandigarh Airport

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Chandigarh International Airport
Chandigarh Air Force Base
चंडीगढ़ विमानक्षेत्र
ਚੰਡੀਗੜ੍ਹ ਕੌਮਾਂਤਰੀ ਹਵਾਈ ਅੱਡਾ
Airport type Military and Civil
Operator Indian Air Force/Airports Authority of India
Serves Chandigarh Tricity
Elevation AMSL 1,012 ft / 308 m
Coordinates 30°40′24″N 076°47′19″E / 30.67333°N 76.78861°E / 30.67333; 76.78861
IXC is located in India airports
Direction Length Surface
ft m
11/29 9,000 2,744 Asphalt
Statistics (2014-15)
Passenger movements 1,206,292(Increase15.0%)
Aircraft movements 10,968(Increase13.2%)
Cargo tonnage 5,065(Increase52.8%)
Source: AAI,[1]

Chandigarh International Airport (IATA: IXCICAO: VICG) is a customs airport[2] in Chandigarh, India. It is located about 9 km south of the city centre, operates as a civil enclave at the Chandigarh Air Force Station of the Indian Air Force and uses the airforce's runway for civilian flights. It is listed as one of the major airports in north India. A total of 26 domestic flights connect Chandigarh to different destinations in India. On 11 September 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the new terminal which would be used for both domestic and international flights.

Punjab & Haryana each have 24.5% stake and the Airports Authority of India holds the rest of 51% stake.[3]

International civil terminal[edit]

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurating the new terminal on 11 September 2015

A new International Terminal for civilians has been built at Mohali.[4] The domestic terminal will now be used as only a flying club. Construction of three link taxiways, parallel taxi track, cargo complex and hangars of flying club activities and runway upgradation has been completed. The terminal has five aero-bridges, construction of apron for parking three in contact and ten remote parking stands for aircraft. The departures are on the first floor and arrivals on the ground floor. The first phase terminal covering 53,000 sq metre has a capacity of 1,600 passengers at a time and a parking space for 500 vehicles. The project has Punjab, Airport Authority of India and Haryana as partners. The main purpose of the International airport is to reduce pressure on Delhi Airport.[5] The International terminal is located on 306 acres (1.24 km2) land in Jheorheri village, near Mohali. The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority is spending Rs 1,700 crore to connect this airport with Punjab.[6] Defense Ministry has already approved international flight operations during night from the Airport.[7]

As of July 2014, official update mentioned that 90% of the upgrade construction work had been done on the International Airport and the remaining was expected to be completed by the deadline of February 2015.[8] However, after the February deadline neared the deadline was moved to December 2015, with international norm for long distance flights being completed by December 2017.[9][10][11]

The new terminal was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 11 September 2015 but the domestic flights will start on 19 October 2015 from the new terminal.[12] Initially IndiGo and SpiceJet have got DGCA approval for operating flights to Dubai but no firm launch dates have so far been announced.[13]

Naming controversy[edit]

Originally, it was proposed to name the airport as Mohali International Airport due to its proximity to the town of Mohali in Punjab. However, in 2008, Haryana demanded a stake in the airport,[5] thus resulting in Punjab and Harayana reaching an agreement to name it Chandigarh International Airport.[14] This airport is not a greenfield airport but uses the runway of the present Indian air force base.[15]

Project plan[edit]

The project includes building an international terminal near the existing Chandigarh Indian Air Force base. The existing domestic terminal then would be used only for the flying club. The existing runway will be expanded to handle large passenger aircraft. 306 acres (1.24 km2) of land was acquired by GMADA and the construction work began in January 2010.[16][17] The runway is planned to be extended from 9,000 feet to 10,400 feet.[18]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
AirAsia India Bangalore,
Air India Delhi, Mumbai
GoAir Bhubaneswar, Mumbai, Bangalore
IndiGo Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Srinagar, Ahmedabad, Dubai
Jet Airways Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai
SpiceJet Delhi, Srinagar
Dubai and Singapore (starting Oct 2015) [19]

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