International Flights at Local (domestic) Chandigarh Airport
The local airport at Chandigarh will be offering flights to a few international destinations.
October 2013 Status: Indian Air Force denies permission to operate international flights.
Approximate Date of Functioning: December 2013.
Night landing not available.
October 2013: Indian Air Force denies permission for international flights because of their inability to offer extra staff and extended hours.
September 20, 2013: Union Civil Aviation Ministry gives clearance to Chandigarh Airport to operate domestic flights. Indigo, Spicejet got approval. Jet airways should get soon. Flights may start to Dubai and Gulf.
November 1, 2012: Badal to approach the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to request international flights from Chandigarh.
May 9, 2012: Badal talks to Union Civial Aviation Minister to start international flights and get Ministry of Defense to approve flights for Air Arabia and also for Air India.
May 1, 2012: Air India plans to launch international flights to Bangkok and Dubai from Chandigarh. They say that approval from Ministry of Defense will not be required because it is a national airline.
April 2012: Ministry of Defense denies permission to Air Arabia to fly international flights from Chandigarh Airport. Punjab government will take up the matter with them directly.
February 2012: Airport director says large number of formalities need to be completed before international flights can operate.
January 2012: Deputy Chief Minister Sukbhir Singh Badal mentions in an interview with NDTV: "Mohali (international airport) will be operational within one or two months." http://www.ndtv.com/article/assembly-polls/full-transcript-i-your-call-i-with-sukhbir-singh-badal-167218
November 2011: Chandigarh Airport Director H.S. Toor announced that first international flight will not fly on Nov 15, 2011 as announced before and may get delayed by another one month.
October 2011: Airport Authorities provide November 15, 2011 as the date when the international flight to Sharjah will take off. Airforce says application for night landing pending with Civil Aviation/Ministry of Defence.
September 2011: X-ray machines set up. Immigration staff trained at Amritsar. 1500 Square feet space provided to customs officials.
August 2011: Civil Aviation Ministry notifies that Chandigarh Airport is now a "Customs Airport".
July 2011: "Customs Airport" status pending. Customs and Immigration facilities are needed from the government.
June 2011: Night landing permission sought from the Air Force in order to operate international flights.
May 2011: Chandigarh Police employed to handle immigration for international flights.
April 2011: Chandigarh Airport opens new terminal capable of handling international flights.
International Airport (yet to be named) will be coming up near Chandigarh at Mohali
The new international airport at Mohali will be connected to Chandigarh Airport and will offer international flights to all major destinations around the world.
May 2013 Status: Under Construction at Jheourheri village, Punjab in 305 acres.
Approximate date of functioning: Not known. Possibly another two to three years.
Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh disputing over the name of the upcoming airport. Construction in process. Building construction started.
May 2013: Haryana and Punjab dispute once again over the name of the new international airport.
July 2012: Larsen and Toubro get the contract to start construction for the new terminal building to be completed by 2014.
May 2012: Punjab and Haryana dispute again regarding naming of the new airport after Union Civial Aviation Minister approved in principle the name "Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport". Haryana wants it named after Chandigarh.
Construction begins by Vishal Infrastructures Ltd at a cost of 30 crores. Deadlines declared:
- Apron and Taxiways to be constructed within 15 months. Building construction yet to start after bid approved.
- Phase 1 construction approved which includes construction of one terminal for which Rs. 250 crore sanctioned. All 4 phases to be completed by 2050.
October 2011: CM Parkash Singh Badal urges PM Manmohan Singh to lay foundation stone for the airport. Most likely, the airport will be named Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport.
Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport, Mohali
Bhagat Singh International Airport, Mohali
Bhagat Singh International Airport, Chandigarh
Nek Chand International Airport
Chandigarh International Airport
Mohali International Airport