Ludhiana Airport is about 95 km from Chandigarh and is the nearest airport to the city.
Ludhiana is a major industrial city in northern India and is an important business centre. Having an airport at Ludhiana is imperative and therefore an international airport is planned in the near future at Machhiwara, near Ludhiana.
Other than being an industrial town, there isn’t much to explore in the city. Due to many manufacturing units operating in the city and heavy traffic on the roads, Ludhiana has become the 10th most polluted city of India and 15th most polluted city of the world in 2014 (according to WHO reports).
NEWS ABOUT LUDHIANA AIRPORT:
2017: Centre gives site clearance for setting greenfield airport in Machhiwara - about 30 km air distance from Ludhiana.
2016: Starting from September 1, 2016, Jetsmart.in, a portal that enrolls several charter aircraft operators commenced charter flights from Ludhiana airport. Seats could be booked on an individual basis or the entire aircraft. They operated mostly smaller aircrafts (10 seater). Soon thereafter they stopped their services.
2015: As of March, 2015 Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Limited (BAPL) is looking into setting up a greenfield international airport in Ludhiana. The company has already signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Punjab government.
2014: Flight operations stopped at Sahnewal Airport.
Ludhiana Airport (Sahnewal Airport) (IATA: LUH, ICAO: VILD)
The airport is located in Ludhiana, Punjab near Sahnewal. It is located on National Highway 1 (NH1 or GT Road) at 5km from Ludhiana Bus Stand on Ludhiana-Ambala road.
Longitude: 75° 51’ 0” E and Latitude: 30° 54’ 0” N. Spread over 124.27 Acres at an elevation of 833 ft.
Ludhiana airport is not always operational because proper navigational gadgets are not in place due to high tension power lines obstructing the installation of DVOR(Doppler Very High Frequency Omni-Range) navigation system.
Airports Authority of India