|Operator||Indian Air Force/Airports Authority of India/Chandigarh International Airport Limited|
|Serves||Chandigarh, Mohali, Panchkula|
|Location||Mohali, Punjab, India|
|Elevation AMSL||314 m / 1,030 ft|
|Statistics (April 2020 - March 2021)|
Chandigarh Airport, officially known as Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh Airport Mohali, (IATA: IXC, ICAO: VICG) is a customs airport and serves the union territory of Chandigarh, and the cities of Mohali and Panchkula in the Indian states of Punjab and Haryana. The airport runway is located in the union territory of Chandigarh while the terminal is located on the south side of the runway in the village of Jhiurheri, Mohali. The airport caters to six domestic airlines and connects Chandigarh to 15 domestic destinations. The airport is awarded as best airport by hygiene measures in Asia-Pacific in 2020 by Airports Council International.
Chandigarh Airport operated all its civil and commercial operations from the 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 and was opened on 14 April 2011. 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.
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 (equivalent to ₹10 billion or US$140 million in 2019) to build the new international terminal, which was completed in 2015 at a cost of ₹939 crore (equivalent to ₹11 billion or US$160 million in 2019). The Government of Punjab and the Government of Haryana each have a 24.5% stake and the Airports Authority of India holds the rest, a 51% stake, in the new terminal building.
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 spending ₹1,400 crore (equivalent to ₹17 billion or US$240 million in 2019) on the airport. 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 in September 2016.
The new terminal is located 14 km (8.7 mi) from Chandigarh city centre in Sector 17.
The new terminal was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 11 September 2015. This new eco-friendly terminal is one of its kind in India and was built by Larsen and Toubro. The interior of the airport has plants, for a feeling of a botanical garden. It is located at the village of Jhiurheri in Punjab and became operational on 19 October 2015.
The old domestic terminal will now be used for VIPs and a flying club. Construction of the new terminal included two link taxiways to the terminal and cargo complex. The terminal has four aero bridges apron for parking four in contact and eight remote parking stands for aircraft.[clarification needed] The departures are on the first floor and arrivals on the ground floor. The first phase of the terminal covering 53,000 sq metre has a capacity of 1,600 passengers at a time and a parking space for 150 vehicles. This is not a greenfield airport but uses the runway of the present Indian air force base.
There is one ATM located in the parking area, WiFi inside the terminal, and one duty-free shop in the departures area. The airport facilities are operated by CHIAL (Chandigarh International Airport Limited) but the airport does not have an official website of its own.
From 2017 to 2019, the runway went through a major upgrade and repair that was completed on 9 April 2019. The expanded runway is 12,400 ft (3,800 m) long with effective take-off length of runway 10,400 ft (3,200 m). Since 10 April 2019[update], the airport is available for 24 hour operations with CAT IIB ILS. The first night flight was launched by GoAir on October 5, 2019.
Airlines and destinations
|Air India||Delhi, Leh|
|Alliance Air||Delhi, Dharamshala, Kullu|
|Go First||Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Srinagar|
|IndiGo||Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Patna, Pune, Ranchi, Srinagar|
|Vistara||Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai|
Accidents and incidents
On 20 September 2014, an Antonov 32 transport plane operated by the Indian Air Force was damaged beyond repair while landing at the airport. Upon landing the right wing broke off and the airplane rolled over and came to rest inverted, in the grass next to the runway. The left 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 suffered minor burn injuries.
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