The Hush Post: From February 12 to February 26 2018, the Chandigarh International Airport will remain closed for two weeks. In this period, no civil and military flight will operate from here. The air strip is being closed for landing and flying due to the runway resurfacing works. After the construction work, the airport will be prepared to carry out operations of wide-body aircraft or jet airliners, which will connect the city’s airport with Europe, US, Canada, and the UK. A notice has already been issued on Saturday. Airport chief executive officer Sunil Dutt has said that no flight will operate from the airport in the period when repair work is undertaken.
All airlines have already been informed about the shutting down. The airport closure was necessary so that the present runway length of 9,000 feet can be increased to 10,200 feet to accommodate wide-bodied aircrafts — Boeing 777, 787 and 747.
The upgraded runway will facilitate wide-body aircraft landing and take-off. For countries beyond 5,000 km, the open sky policies of the government will attract several flagship airlines operators to operate flights from Chandigarh. Besides, the CAT III instrument landing system would be installed to assist in landing when visibility is low. Private airlines do not operate after 4 pm, while the airport remains closed on all Sundays.
Currently, Chandigarh airport caters to flights to nearby destinations such as Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Srinagar, Leh, Jammu, and Jaipur. It operates international flights to close by distances such as Dubai and Sharjah.