March 6, 2014 ( Ministry of Defence has provided permission to some private airlines for flights  operation after 8 pm at Chandigarh airport, according to the media news. In a reply to a letter sent to Mr. Pawan Bansal, M.P., MoD has confirmed the night landing permission. 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.

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.

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. So far it is not clear whether IAF has also agreed to manage the night flights.

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.

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