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 infosmith
    After AAI spending over 400 crores and BJP trying to go solo in Punjab in near future, it should not happen. If it happens, NRI community from Tricity will be at great loss where in last decade large % of young generation have made an abroad connection by virtue of education, job, marriage.



    I am also of the same opinion, but as apparent from your statement, all such things r more subject to political games and not to the requirement or demand .
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  • Todays tribune speculates it has to be inaugerated in aug end end by modi
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  • Hey, just saw this old news while googling from 11th Jan 2015.

    International operations still two years away for UT airport | The Indian Express

    Does not look like a good sign, 2015 itself is late. Any ideas, will having an airport operational increase jobs around Tricity?
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  • Not at all. This is all a propaganda by Tricity dealers just to jack up prices. Airports do not create jobs. Amritsar is one example.
    Also with Airline industry reeling under big losses, I do not see any major ramp up in air traffic to Chandigarh by any of the top airlines

    KingFisher - Forget it
    SpiceJet - Cannot
    Jet - Might be 2 flights
    Indigo - Might be 2 flights
    International flights - None of them interested after already burning their hands dealing with Punjab Administration in Amritsar Airport

    Also till the time GMR does not recover its investment cost from Delhi Airport, they wont let it happen
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  • Any updates on the airport, I hear that birds are the only things flying out of the new airport.
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  • Latest Update with Pics.

    Come June, fly abroad from the city
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  • Originally Posted by MANOJa
    I am also of the same opinion, but as apparent from your statement, all such things r more subject to political games and not to the requirement or demand .


    move this thread to chandigarh
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  • Originally Posted by singh26
    Not at all. This is all a propaganda by Tricity dealers just to jack up prices. Airports do not create jobs. Amritsar is one example.
    Also with Airline industry reeling under big losses, I do not see any major ramp up in air traffic to Chandigarh by any of the top airlines

    KingFisher - Forget it
    SpiceJet - Cannot
    Jet - Might be 2 flights
    Indigo - Might be 2 flights
    International flights - None of them interested after already burning their hands dealing with Punjab Administration in Amritsar Airport

    Also till the time GMR does not recover its investment cost from Delhi Airport, they wont let it happen






    please people don't buy at these high prices in chandigarh.... new port is just a trap.


    all this hype is just a trap for people. chandigarh properties are losing money.
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  • Hi all

    I am planning on buying a plot in Aerocity and built a house there for long term residential purpose.
    I have heard about the international airport in Chandigarh starting operations soon.

    Want your opinion on how do you feel will this area develop in the long term?
    Will property prices rise in this area eventually? Does this area have potential in the long term?

    Thanks in advance.
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  • India's Ghost Terminals: Rs 325 Crore, 8 Airports, No Passengers

    Jaisalmer, India: More than two years after the completion of a new $17 million (Rs 111 crore at 1 dollar = 65.31 rupees) terminal building, the airport in Jaisalmer, the remote desert city in Rajasthan, stands empty.

    Not a single passenger has passed through the gates of an airport big enough to handle more than 300,000 travellers a year, with parking bays for three 180-seater narrow-body jets.

    India has spent more than $50 million or Rs 326 crore since 2009 on eight airports that do not receive scheduled flights - white elephants that are a reminder of the pitfalls for Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he bets on an infrastructure drive to fuel growth.



    "They (the government) need to realise it's not a case of 'build the airport and we will come'," said Sanjiv Kapoor, chief operating officer at SpiceJet Ltd. The private sector airline last year ceased flying to a new airport in the southern Indian city of Mysore because of insufficient demand.

    India's ghost terminals were built largely by the previous Congress-led government, which planned 200 'no frills' airports, encouraged by rising air travel and the need to connect far-flung regions.

    But the empty check-in desks and cavernous baggage halls highlight the risks for PM Modi, too, of catering to powerful regional bosses and spending without a unifying strategy.

    Across India, more than half of the 100-odd domestic-only airports operated by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) have not seen a scheduled flight this year, official data shows, though some are older airports designed primarily for chartered planes.

    The AAI did not respond to requests for comment.

    The Civil Aviation Ministry declined to comment on whether Mr Modi's government will stick with the 200 airport growth plan. But the incentive to grow in less-developed regions remains: on Tuesday, Modi pledged Rs 2,700 crore ($413 million) for four new airports in the state of Bihar, which holds elections this year.

    The rush to build comes as passenger numbers grow 20 per cent a year, to 38.8 million in the first half of 2015, leaving India's major airports, which account for four-fifths of traffic, saturated.

    Plans for a second hub in financial capital Mumbai are years behind schedule while the government has struggled to privatise four large airports to fund their expansion.
    © Thomson Reuters 2015

    Link to the News
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  • http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/Modi-to-inaugurate-Chandigarh-international-airport/articleshow/48534946.cms

    CHANDIGARH: The much-awaited Chandigarh international airport is expected to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 11.

    Sources in the Airport Authority of India (AAI) confirmed that they have received verbal confirmation from the Prime Minister Office for inaugration of international terminal on September 11. Formal communication would arrive in a day or two after which necessary arrangments for the inaugral event would be started jointly by AAI, Punjab government and the security agencies.

    AAI has already completed the testing of flight operation and other ground operations in the new terminal building.
    Having capacity of 1600 passengers, the 60591-square meters international terminal would be high-tech' having all features matching with the top international airports to release the stress of international travel.

    A fully automated parking would manage the traffic, while a flyover has been constructed with departure facility on upper floor and arrival on the ground like theT3 of Delhi, to ease the flow of traffic.

    The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) had handed over 305 acres of land in Jhurjeri village to the Airport Authority of India (AAI) in September 2008. The project is a joint venture company consisting Punjab, Haryana and AAI. Both Punjab and Haryana have 24.5% stake each in the company, while remaining 51 % is with the AAI. AAI had assigned the construction work of integrated terminal building and allied work to Larsen & Toubro (L&T). The estimated cost of the project is Rs 452 crore.
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  • Another hoax call for the airport inauguration, I guess !!!;)
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  • T3 ki asli udaan abhi baaki hai

    T3 ke kai imtehan abhi baaki hai

    Abhi to naapi hai mutthi bhar zamin humne

    Abhi to namokaran baki hai...

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