March 6, 2014 (AirportChandigarh.com): Ministry of Defence has provided permission to some private airlines for flights operation after 8 pm at Chandigarh airport, according to the media news. This means that it is now possible for flights to be able to take off and land at night which was a requirement to operate international flights. The Instrument Landing System will also be upgraded in a phased manner.
In October 2013, Indian Air Force had expressed its inability to offer extended watch hours at Chandigarh airport due to lack of staff, which crushed the hopes of international flights operation at the airport.
This will come as good news although until we actually see an international flight taking off or landing, it is a bit too soon to confirm anything. In the past few years, we have seen that many a times the subject of international flights at the local airport came up but soon closed due to one problem or another.
A new airport is under construction at Mohali which will be able to handle international flights. Until that happens, international flights operation to some countries at the local Chandigarh Airport was seen as a possibility, however so far no international flight has ever taken off. With night landing permission, we may be able to see that possibility taking the shape of reality sooner or later.