August 16, 2010: The newly renovated domestic terminal building at the Chandigarh airport, which will cater to 500 passengers, is expected to be completed by December. Space constraints at the airport’s existing building, which can handle only 150 passengers at a time, have prevented private carriers from starting their operations. The increased size and updated infrastructure of the new terminal will also allow for International flights to start functioning.

The December completion date is on target for the deadline set by the Airport Planning Commission when work on the renovation started on November 11, 2007.

Sunil Dutt, director of the airport, said that the domestic terminal renovation work is in progress and he expects the new terminal building to be completed by December. He added that the airport is currently handling 11 flights per day which are facilitated by four domestic airlines: Jet Airways, Indian Airlines, Goa Air and Kingfisher Airlines.

The nearly Rs 78 crore project for the new terminal building consists of about 12,150 square metres of fully air-conditioned space that will  include modern passenger facilities such as escalators and elevators. There will also be three aerobridges with a visual docking guidance system, as well as baggage conveyor belts and CCTVs.

Proposals have been made by airport authorities to start regular international flights to Dubai as soon as the new terminal is completed.

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