CHANDIGARH: The Tricity residents' high-flying wait will be over in February next year, when the local airport will show off its swanky terminal for operation of international flights. It will be on the lines of the Terminal 3 (T3) of Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, Delhi.

After the construction is over, daily, weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly international flights to Dubai, Middle-East, South-East Asia and Europe will commence from March 2015.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has set the deadline of February 17, 2015, for the completion of 60,591 square-metre terminal, which will have state-of-the-art features of T3 of IGI Airport. It will accommodate 1,600 passengers at one point of time and have capacity of eight bays for parking of planes. That's five times bigger than the existing 12,000 square-metre domestic terminal, which was inaugurated in 2011 and has a capacity of only 400 passengers.

Though the new terminal will fall in Jhurjeri village of Mohali district, it will be connected with the domestic terminal in Chandigarh. The Air Traffic Control (ATC) and the runway will continue to be with the local base of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

To ease traffic at the international terminal, a flyover has been constructed, providing departure facility on upper floor, while the arrival will be on the ground floor, just like IGI's T3.

AAI General manager (engineering) D K Kamra said the construction was going on round-the-clock and work on apron and taxiways would be completed by year-end. They faced teething troubles, but were hopeful of completing the work by February next, he added. "The terminal will be smaller than IGI's T3, but will offer a new level of comfort to travellers," he said.

Features of upcoming international terminal:

60,591 square metre area

Capacity for 16,00 passengers (800 for departure and 800 for arrival)

Four aerobridges

Parking bay to accommodate eight aircrafts

Night landing facility

Flyover to segregate passengers for departure and arrival

Duty-free shops

Air-conditioned lounge

Restaurant with A la carte menu

Bar where passengers can wait before flight

LCD TVs with international channels and flight schedule display

High-speed internet access via Wi-Fi

Fully-automated car parking

Joint venture

The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) had handed over 305 acres in Jhurjeri village to AAI in September 2008. The project is a joint venture company of Punjab, Haryana and AAI. Both Punjab and Haryana have 24.5% stake each in the company, while the remaining 51% is with the AAI. The AAI had assigned the construction work of integrated terminal building and allied work to Larsen & Toubro (L&T). The work was allotted in August 2012 with a deadline to complete it within 30 months. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 452 crore.
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  • Originally Posted by nextgen2014
    CHANDIGARH: The Tricity residents' high-flying wait will be over in February next year, when the local airport will show off its swanky terminal for operation of international flights. It will be on the lines of the Terminal 3 (T3) of Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, Delhi.

    After the construction is over, daily, weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly international flights to Dubai, Middle-East, South-East Asia and Europe will commence from March 2015.

    The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has set the deadline of February 17, 2015, for the completion of 60,591 square-metre terminal, which will have state-of-the-art features of T3 of IGI Airport. It will accommodate 1,600 passengers at one point of time and have capacity of eight bays for parking of planes. That's five times bigger than the existing 12,000 square-metre domestic terminal, which was inaugurated in 2011 and has a capacity of only 400 passengers.

    Though the new terminal will fall in Jhurjeri village of Mohali district, it will be connected with the domestic terminal in Chandigarh. The Air Traffic Control (ATC) and the runway will continue to be with the local base of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

    To ease traffic at the international terminal, a flyover has been constructed, providing departure facility on upper floor, while the arrival will be on the ground floor, just like IGI's T3.

    AAI General manager (engineering) D K Kamra said the construction was going on round-the-clock and work on apron and taxiways would be completed by year-end. They faced teething troubles, but were hopeful of completing the work by February next, he added. "The terminal will be smaller than IGI's T3, but will offer a new level of comfort to travellers," he said.

    Features of upcoming international terminal:

    60,591 square metre area

    Capacity for 16,00 passengers (800 for departure and 800 for arrival)

    Four aerobridges

    Parking bay to accommodate eight aircrafts

    Night landing facility

    Flyover to segregate passengers for departure and arrival

    Duty-free shops

    Air-conditioned lounge

    Restaurant with A la carte menu

    Bar where passengers can wait before flight

    LCD TVs with international channels and flight schedule display

    High-speed internet access via Wi-Fi

    Fully-automated car parking

    Joint venture

    The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) had handed over 305 acres in Jhurjeri village to AAI in September 2008. The project is a joint venture company of Punjab, Haryana and AAI. Both Punjab and Haryana have 24.5% stake each in the company, while the remaining 51% is with the AAI. The AAI had assigned the construction work of integrated terminal building and allied work to Larsen & Toubro (L&T). The work was allotted in August 2012 with a deadline to complete it within 30 months. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 452 crore.


    Going by past experience, I'd be surprised if it becomes operational before July 2016. :D
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  • is the property in zirakpur area will get boost because of this,...is this area port near the vicinity of zirakpur
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  • Ray of hope :-)

    Watch hours extended
    Now, international flights can be introduced from Chandigarh Airport
    Tribune News Service

    Chandigarh, March 5
    The Ministry of Defence has extended the watch hours at the Chandigarh Airport, here. With this approval, International flights can be introduced from the city.

    For a long time now, city residents have been demanding the extension of watch hours and the ministry has accepted the much-awaited demand.

    As per the written communication, received by the local Member of Parliament, Pawan Kumar Bansal, the ministry has accepted the demand and has permitted some airlines to operate beyond 8 pm.

    Earlier, the Indian Air Force (IAF) authority did not allow night landing or extended watch hours at the Chandigarh Airport as the IAF oversees the airstrip and air traffic control there.

    Notably, certain security issues were citied, as the reason, for not giving approval for night landings. "We are yet to receive a written communication. After receiving any kind of written order, we can proceed with further course of action,” said an airport official.

    Welcoming the move, Manmohan Singh, chairman, CII, said they were taking up the issue from the past many years. They are thankful to the authorities who finally accepted the demand of city residents, he said.

    On October 13 2013, local MP and former Union Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal had written a letter to the Minister of Defence, seeking extension of watch hours to 11 pm. He had also raised the matter for upgrading of Instrument Landing System (ILS).
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  • I cant understand what is swanky about airport only 4 aerobridges means only 1 or 2 planes can be serviced at one time - compare it with delhi's T3 where there are 78 such aerobridges.

    Leave aside international at the moment there is no direct flight to bangalore which is hub of IT and there is so much hype about IT.

    People are speculating if chandigarh airport will be next big thing, gurgaon grew because of airport because 1. at that time BPO industry was taking off and now it is all saturated. 2. Delhi being capital of india there will alwadys be consistent flow of foreigners for various reasons why would anyone come to chandigarh except to see a field being sold as residential plot in some sector of greater mohali or to invest in new gurgaon AKA zirakpur :)

    Unless some big airline decides to make chandigarh its operational hub chances of it being actual international are remote.

    Until then property dealers can create hype and show international flights taking off in dreams and enjoy malai off gullible investor and end users hard earned money.
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  • Ask people of Tricity where from every second house, either their son/daughter is settled abroad, and they are forced for 6-8 hour road journey both ways to board an international flight. They do not need any swanky airport and aero bridges , few international flights in a week to start with will be good enough to break the barrier and when things will take off, high demand will automatically bring more investment and flights. It is more about convenience to the area for large section of society, advantage to RE sector is just a bi product, May or may not create hype for some.
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  • Boss if that is the case then there is bigger diaspora of people from doaba region settled abroad for them Amritsar is even closer and there is greater demand and still we dont have regular long haul flights from Amritsar although it has been operational as international airport for so many years now. Just check its website now.

    I will be more than happy if we have regular flights from chandigarh but looking at track record and history I think you are being overly optimistic about it.
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  • Considering more than 50% international travellers who actually arrive at Delhi are from Punjab origin reflects why weight may never shift out of Delhi, for political reasons. I'm sure Tricity people will be more than happy if we can get flights similar to Amritsar to begin with, it will a huge benefit.
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  • Around 1 week old news, but came across on FB..
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  • News on International Flights from Chandigarh:

    Come March, you may get to fly abroad from city

    Paving the way for the operation of international flights from the Chandigarh airport, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Indian Air Force have initiated the process of increasing the strength of the operations staff here.
    Increasing the staff strength would mean extended watch hours of the air traffic controller. International flights are likely to begin from the city by March 2015.
    Sources in the MoD and the IAF said the watch hours at the airport would only be extended after getting additional ground staff to manage the air traffic controller, communication radars, weather stations, airfield lighting and safety vehicles.
    The sources said the matter was pending with the finance wing of the MoD and was likely to be cleared soon.
    The Union Civil Aviation Ministry has asked the MoD to extend the flying operations at Chandigarh. The IAF has given its nod for it. "In case the sanction does not come from the MoD, the IAF will be asked to study the possibility of pulling out men from other bases to do the needful,” said the sources.
    At present, the IAF performs 18 hours of operations 15 days a month while during the remaining 15 days, the number of hours is reduced.
    The civil flights operate within a time span of 12 hours, from 7 am to 7 pm. In case of a favourable decision, the base will operate 18 hours every day or round the clock. The time span of the civil flights will be extended to 11 pm or till midnight.
    The IAF uses the Chandigarh base to send supplies to Ladakh and for its other operations that start early morning. “Extending operations for 18 hours daily is possible and the matter is being studied. The demand to allow civil flights till 10.30 pm is welcome,” said an officer.
    * Ready for international operations, says airport director
    “We are ready for international operations. However, we have not received any confirmation from airlines. Only SpiceJet has initiated a move for a Chandigarh-Dubai flight from March 2015 and we have given our consent for it. Other airlines have been asked to submit a list of their desired destinations by the end of this year,” said JS Balhara, director of the Chandigarh airport.
    * Airlines reluctant on starting international flights?
    Airlines are thinking twice before announcing any new venture from the Chandigarh airport. Their main dilemma is whether they will be able to make any profits from here or not. Apart from SpiceJet, which has announced to start a Chandigarh-Dubai flight, no other airline has made any such announcement. Officials of several airlines said they were yet to decide on starting international flights from the city.
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  • Spicejet may not be flying by next march!!!! It is likely to go kingfisher way.
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  • If one airline goes out of business, there is another new one to replace it. Passengers are not effected, but I feel sorry for the employees.

    @JasBns - You are right, it is not swanky compared to Delhi. But my take is that we don't need a big airport either, this one with decent air traffic will bring in enough business to fill up the empty houses in Mohali / Zirakpur. That in itself will revitalize the economy of Chandigarh and surroundings.

    Let us hope that good sense prevails and airport is operational this time. It is win win situation for us people of Punjab irrespective of the region.
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  • One reason Gurgaon scores over Noida in employment generation is Gurgaon has international airport.
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  • Originally Posted by niceindy

    @JasBns - You are right, it is not swanky compared to Delhi. But my take is that we don't need a big airport either, this one with decent air traffic will bring in enough business to fill up the empty houses in Mohali / Zirakpur. That in itself will revitalize the economy of Chandigarh and surroundings.

    I am sorry but can you explain how international traffic will fill empty houses of Mohali/Zirakpur???

    I am very bearish over the prospects of international operations from Chandigarh Airport atleast in the next 5-6 years.
    Reasons being -
    1. The runway is always going to be under air force's control. Which means no night time operations.
    2. There are cribs from air force that existing runway is over used for civil aviation.
    3. Runway is not suitable for heavy jets - operations can be with aircrafts of around 180 seats and the destinations can be middle east/East asian countries.
    4. What will be the catchment area for the international flights - keep in mind you have 2 established international airports in vicinity of each other Amritsar and Delhi. I do not see the catchment area beyond Patiala/Ambala to South, Ludhiana/Ropar to West, Shimla to North and some small towns to east. Rest of the areas in Punjab will prefer Amritsar over Chandigarh (more choices/onward connectivity). Similarly go any further than Yamunanagar and other places in Haryana will prefer Delhi (again better options).
    5. Keeping the current dynamics of indian civil aviation -
    Spicejet - ruled out.
    Air India - unlikely because they have operations both from Amritsar & Delhi any new international routes will undercut their load factors.
    Indigo - can fly possibly to Dubai but will they be able to fill 180 seats (1250 seats weekly) on point to point basis to Dubai - unlikely.
    Jet - May be yes, but to Abu Dhabi - to feed Etihad's hub there, but this route is not going to make a lot of money for them.
    Air Asia/Vistara - Cannot fly international due to 5 year rule.
    A new foreign airline flying directly into Chandigarh - possible but unlikely for the above reasons

    I however agree - we can see some more domestic flights from Chandigarh.
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  • @sonirohit - Sorry dear, I was away on a trip and could not reply sooner.

    I am hoping airport/international flights will also mean more jobs, one of the biggest hurdles IT industry is facing is proper international connectivity. But this will not make a Gurgaon out of Chandigarh, but I am hopeful in coming 5 years enough jobs will created to attract people to Chandigarh thus filling the houses.

    Else, trust me we are heading for a very big problem in our hands which will be compounded by drug abuse problem.
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  • sonirohit - I agree airline will operate flights only if it sees profit otherwise they will not fly. for profit there has to be sufficient travellers at max I would expect one or two flights to gulf and nothing more.

    Problem is IT market is very much saturated now and it's not growing the way it grew in the past nor expected because of new trends. Moreover one of key parameters for starting an operations is availability of talent. Which is reason MNC still prefer to start operations in Bangalore - check VISA and see their reasoning. And chandigarh will have to compete with Hyderabad where governments are pushing very hard and other cities as everyone wants to have a share of remaining pie.

    Prices of property in tricity have gone out of reach for common man without any job opportunities to justify. In Bangalore a 2bhk costs around 35-45 lakh in places where you have 50 plus companies in a radius of 1-2 kilometres and compare it with chandigarh where we have only 2-3 main player and people quote 70 lakh or more especially around IT park area.
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