April 2010: Since 2002, the Ludhiana airport has been planning to operate domestic flights. Eight years later, passengers are excited as the airport prepares for its first flight service, which will be to Delhi.
Manish Tewari, local MP and Congress Party national spokesperson, issued a press release stating that a test flight from the Ludhiana airport was set for April 13. Permission for the flight came after Director General of Civil Aviation Nasim Zaidi informed Tewari that the Civil Aviation Ministry had finally granted permission to start Ludhiana-Delhi service. Air India, Delhi, sent its own six-member team to check operational facilities available at Sahnewal Airport as well.
Ludhiana-Delhi flights are scheduled to start from April 13.