Chandigarh Airport

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Chandigarh Airport
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Summary
Airport typeMilitary and Civil
OperatorIndian Air Force/Airports Authority of India/Chandigarh International Airport Limited
ServesChandigarh, Mohali, Panchkula
LocationMohali, Punjab, India
Elevation AMSL314 m / 1,030 ft
Coordinates30°40′29″N 76°47′26″E / 30.67472°N 76.79056°E / 30.67472; 76.79056Coordinates: 30°40′29″N 76°47′26″E / 30.67472°N 76.79056°E / 30.67472; 76.79056
Map
IXC is located in Chandigarh
IXC
IXC
IXC is located in India
IXC
IXC
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 2,743 9,000 Asphalt
Statistics (April 2017 - March 2018)
Passengers2,137,739 (Increase17.1%)
Aircraft movements18,715 (Increase22.7%)
Cargo tonnage5,650 (Decrease0.8%)
Sources: AAI[2][3][4]

Chandigarh Airport (IATA: IXC, ICAO: VICG) is an international airport which serves the Union Territory Chandigarh, Chandigarh capital region including Panchkula, Mohali and the Indian states of Punjab, Haryana The airport runway is located in the Union territory of Chandigarh while the international terminal is located on the south side of the runway in the village of Jhiurheri, Mohali, Punjab.[5]

History[edit]

Chandigarh airport operated all its Civil and Commercial operations from Civil enclave of the Indian Air Force Station. Indian Airlines started operating flights from Chandigarh to Delhi in the 1970s. A new airport building was constructed in the Civil Enclave was opened on 14 April 2011.[6] This Air Terminal was declared a Customs Airport on 19 August 2011 making it eligible for international flights but no international flight ever operated from this terminal.[7]

In 2008, the Government of Punjab acquired 304.04 acres of land on the south side of the existing runway in Jheurheri village at a cost of 452 crore to build the new international terminal. This new terminal was completed in 2015 at a cost of 939 crore.[8][9][10] The Government of Punjab and the Government of Haryana each have 24.5% stake and the Airports Authority of India holds the rest of 51% stake in the new terminal building.[11]

On 24 December 2015 the Mohali Industries Association filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Punjab and Haryana High Court for non-operation of international flights after an amount of 1400 crores was spent on the airport.[12][13] After numerous hearings at Punjab and Haryana High Court and a long wait, IndiGo and Air India Express commenced flights to Dubai and Sharjah respectively from September 2016.[14][15]

Facilities[edit]

Terminal[edit]

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

The new terminal was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 11 September 2015.[16] This new eco-friendly terminal is one of its kind in India was built by Larsen and Toubro.[17] The indoors of the airport laid with plants, brings a feeling of a botanical garden. It is located at the village of Jhiurheri in Punjab[18] and became operational on 19 October 2015.

The old domestic terminal will now be used for VIPs and flying club. Construction of the new terminal included two link taxiways to the terminal and cargo complex. The terminal has 4 aero bridges apron for parking four in contact and 8 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 150 vehicles. This airport is not a greenfield airport but uses the runway of the present Indian air force base.[19]

There is one ATM located in the parking area, wifi inside the terminal and one duty free shop in the departures area.[20][21] The airport facilities are operated by CHIAL (Chandigarh International Airport Limited) but the airport does not have an official website of its own.

Runway[edit]

The present runway 11/29 has a length of 2743 m (9000 ft). [22] The runway uses a CAT 1 ILS system.[23] The short 9000 ft runway limits operations to narrow bodied aircraft that are limited of a 5000 km radius.[24] The short runway also does not allow operation of wide bodied aircraft.

The runway is going through a major upgrade and repair to be completed by mid-2019. After repair work is complete, the expanded runway will be 12,400 ft (3,779 m) long with effective take-off length of runway 10,400 ft (3,170 m).[25] During this period the operating hours are limited from 5 am to 6 pm Mon-Sat and from 1 pm to 6 pm on Sundays. From March 2019, the airport will be available for 24 hour operations with CAT IIB ILS.[26]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinationsRefs.
AirAsia IndiaBangalore [27]
Air IndiaDelhi, Leh, Mumbai, Pune [28]
Alliance AirDelhi, Kullu [28]
Air India ExpressSharjah
GoAir Ahmedabad, Bangalore (resumes 1 April 2019), Mumbai, Srinagar [29]
IndiGo Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Dibrugarh, Dubai–International, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Srinagar, Surat, Thiruvananthapuram [30]
Jet AirwaysBangalore (begins 15 February 2019), Dehradun, Delhi, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Pune
VistaraDelhi, Hyderabad [31]

Connectivity[edit]

The new terminal is located 14 km (8.7 mi) from Chandigarh City centre in Sector 17. Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) Route 38 and 36 operates public AC bus to Sector 17, PGI, Panjab University and to Interstate Bus Terminal in Sector 43 from the airport, moreover CTU has its own dedicated mobile app called CTU bus guide from where all the routes and time of buses to and from the airport can be obtained.[32] Chandigarh Interstate Bus terminal located 10 km from airport in Sector 43 operates direct bus services to all major cities in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. Taxis,UBER and OLA are available for local transport.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 20 September 2014, An Antonov 32 transport plane operated by the Indian Air Force was damaged beyond repair while landing at the Chandigarh Airport. Upon landing the right hand wing broke off and the airplane rolled over and came to rest inverted, in the grass next to the runway. The left hand wing was also severed and the Number 1 propeller broke away from the engine. This led to a fire break out, but was quickly contained. A few people on board the aircraft suffered minor burn injuries.[33]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chandigarh Airport Report" (PDF). Airport Authority of India. p. 5. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-III" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 4. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-II" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 4. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-IV" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 4. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  5. ^ India (10 September 2015). "Land gone, Jheurheri villagers set up hotels near Chandigarh airport". The Indian Express. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  6. ^ "The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Chandigarh Stories". Tribuneindia.com. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  7. ^ "The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Chandigarh Stories". www.tribuneindia.com. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  8. ^ "PM Narendra Modi inaugurates new terminal at Chandigarh airport - The Economic Times". indiatimes.com.
  9. ^ http://gmada.gov.in/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/RTIGMADA.pdf
  10. ^ "The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Main News". www.tribuneindia.com. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  11. ^ "PM inaugurates new terminal at Chandigarh airport". Trinuneindia News Service. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  12. ^ The Tribune Chandigarh, Tribune News. "Mohali Industries Assn files PIL against Centre". tribuneindia.com. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  13. ^ The Tribune Chandigarh, Tribune News. "Shut airport, if you can't make it operational: HC". tribuneindia.com. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  14. ^ "Air India Express launches services to Dubai and Sharjah - Gulf Business". Gulf Business. 2016-10-16. Retrieved 2018-07-23.
  15. ^ "IndiGo to start Chandigarh-Dubai flights from September". www.businesstoday.in. Retrieved 2018-07-23.
  16. ^ "PM Modi inaugrates [sic] Chandigarh International Airport". The Times of India. 11 September 2015. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  17. ^ "India Has a New Eco-Friendly Airport Terminal. And It Is More than Just Amazing! - The Better India". The Better India. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  18. ^ "PM Narendra Modi inaugurates new terminal at Chandigarh airport". businesstoday.in.
  19. ^ "Punjabnewsline.com". Punjabnewsline.com. Archived from the original on 16 April 2010. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  20. ^ NYOOOZ (2017-06-25). "Chandigarh International Airport: Two years after inauguration, new terminal to get Wi-Fi facility | CHANDIGARH NYOOOZ". Nyoooz.com. Retrieved 2018-05-05.
  21. ^ Balachandran, Vappala (2018-07-19). "Airport gets another duty-free shop". Tribuneindia.com. Retrieved 2018-10-02.
  22. ^ "Runways - Chandigarh Airport - VICG - IXC - Airport Guide". airportguide.com. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  23. ^ "Chandigarh: At airport, the wait continues for upgraded landing system". The Indian Express. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  24. ^ "Interview with Chandigarh international airport CEO: This will be the test flight… other airlines will get interested". The Indian Express. 2016-08-08. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  25. ^ "ixc". Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  26. ^ Sign Out (2016-04-22). "Now, fly at night from Chandigarh airport by March next year | punjab | chandigarh". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 2018-10-02.
  27. ^ "AirAsia flight schedule". airasia.com. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  28. ^ a b "Air India and Alliance Air schedule list". airindia.in. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  29. ^ "GoAir flight schedules". goair.in. Retrieved 2018-10-26.
  30. ^ "IndiGo flight schedules". goindigo.in. Retrieved 2018-10-26.
  31. ^ "Vistara flight schedules". airvistara.com. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  32. ^ http://chdctu.gov.in/PDF/cturoutes.pdf
  33. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Antonov 32RE K2757 Chandigarh Airport (IXC)". Aviation-safety.net. 2014-09-20. Retrieved 2017-03-12.

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