January 1, 2013: You have finally made it to Chandigarh Airport only to find out that the flight you are going to take is cancelled. Welcome to the foggy season. While many people don't know, this is something quite usual because of reduced visibility conditions in the foggy weather.
What should you do? Always prepare beforehand. Check the departure schedule regularly i.e. every 15 minutes or so before you leave for the airport. Please note that the departure schedules are not always updated real time. That's because the departure information is not available or has not yet reached one of our data sources. Therefore you should also call the airline you are travelling with in advance to inquire about flight cancellations. The contact numbers can be found here:
It is quite possible that the decision to cancel a flight may happen after you reach the airport. Make sure you have phone numbers of taxi services available in Chandigarh in case it is urgent for you to travel. Consider taking a Volvo bus from Sector 17 or 43. Schedules are available here:
24 Hours IGI Airport to Gurgaon Bus Service Starts Soon
November 9, 2012: Staff working at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) and passengers have a reason to cheer.
From next week, the Haryana roadways will launch a round-the-clock bus service to the IGI Airport from Gurgaon. The move has been taken to especially benefit employees, including pilots, air hostesses and hotel stewards, who stay in Gurgaon and daily commute between the two destinations. The service would be available every 10 minutes. The bus will have 33 seats and space for luggage.
The IGI Airport is yet to be connected to Gurgaon through the proposed high-speed Metro line. The project is still at the planning stage though the detailed project report (DPR) has been prepared by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
At present, only Chandigarh-bound long-route buses halt at the IGI airport. The department will also hire new drivers for the service.
"We will start with 50 trips of non-AC buses before Diwali. We'll increase the number of trips to 100 after two months. Also, AC buses will be introduced depending upon the response," said Yashender Singh, general manager of Haryana roadways (Gurgaon).
Initially, the buses will start from the Gurgaon bus stand but gradually they will be connected with all major roads of the city.
Meanwhile, airport staff have hailed the move. "The bus facility will be a boon for us. Travelling on our own is cumbersome. We also face parking problems," said Shveta Sharma, an employee of GMR and resident of Palam Vihar.
August 25, 2012: CHANDIGARH: A businessman, Vijay Verma, 62, and his driver Darshan Singh were thrashed by three employees of parking lot contractor at Chandigarh Airport on Friday. Police have arrested all three of them, identified as Sanjeev Kumar, Mukesh and Pawan Kumar.
Verma and Darshan received injuries and discharged after the preliminary treatment at GMCH-32. Darshan had come to the airport to pick up Verma, a resident of Amravati Enclave in Panchkula who was returning from Mumbai.
The incident took place when parking attendants asked Darshan for the parking slip, but he had already given it someone at the barrier of the parking lot. In his statement to police, injured Darshan claimed that the ticket was taken by another attendant before the exit of the parking lot, but he was once again asked to hand over the slip by the three accused.
Sub Inspector Parminder Singh said when Darshan informed the parking employees that ticket has already been taken by another employee, they demanded extra fee from Darshan, who refused to give it. This led to the duo's thrashing.
A case was registered at police station, Sector 31. The arrested men would be produced in the district courts, Sector 17, on Saturday.
August 15, 2012: For easy connectivity to Punjab, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said that award for construction of Mohali airport has been given to a multinational company and airport terminal would be ready within 16 months.
He was speaking after unfurling tricolor in Independence Day function held today in Government College, Phase-6.
Punjab government has already acquired land for expansion of Ludhiana airport and latest state-of-art night landing instrumentation have been already installed at airport. He said that with the expansion of Ludhiana airport Boeing-320 planes could be able to land at Ludhiana airport, he said.
Domestic flights from Bathinda airport would start next month and Punjab government has already approached Union government to allow civil flights from Adampur Army Airport. Badal said that with the completion of all these airports, Punjab will be the only state in the country that will have international airports at the distance of every 60 km.
Meanwhile, denying any differences with BJP on resource mobilization, Badal said that whatever decision we take we take it as a collective unit and there was no question of any difference.
August 15, 2012: Chandigarh police went into a tizzy after receiving a threat regarding hijacking of a plane from the local airport. The Intelligence Bureau (IB) gave this information which was also shared with the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).
The IB has also cautioned Chandigarh police about activities of foreigners who might create trouble. It has given a list of foreigners under suspicion here and the police is keeping a tab on their activities.
Both the police and CISF are on high alert and heavy force has been deployed both inside and outside the airport. A meeting was held between airport officials and senior cops on Tuesday morning.
"Such threats normally come before important functions like Independence Day or Republic Day or during festivals but there is nothing to worry about. A meeting was held with airport officials to discuss the security arrangements and everything is in place," said a senior police official here.