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Chandigarh

CHANDIGARH City to have direct flights to Goa, Patna, Chennai

January 22, 2020 05:53 AM

COURTESY HT  JAN 22

City to have direct flights to Goa, Patna, Chennai
Hillary Victor

hillary.victor@htlive.com

Mohali : Come summer, and Chandigarh will have direct air connectivity to important domestic destinations such as Goa, Patna, Surat and Chennai, taking care of both leisure trips and official business of residents.

The summer flight schedule, which will be enforced at Chandigarh International Airport on March 29, has another good news for travellers — the number of flights are proposed to be doubled from 32 to 65.

However, putting a dampener on this welcome development, the schedule makes no provision for new international flights even as 24x7 operations became a reality at the airport in April last year. Only the two existing flights to the UAE — Sharjah and Dubai — have been listed.

IndiGo to operate 28 of 65 flights

IndiGo is likely to operate 28 of the 65 proposed flights. These include flights to Goa, Chennai, Surat and Patna. The one to Goa will take off past midnight. Even GoAir will operate a flight from Goa to Chandigarh (see box).

Vaneet Sharma, director of a travel agency in Sector 17, said the new destinations will boost pan-India connectivity and also help in boarding international flights from Delhi. “For going to Goa, people first have to go to Delhi, but now it will be easier for them to reach the tourist destination. Moreover, the flight timings are very flexible.”

Sanjeev Vashisht, member of the airport advisory committee, who is also former president of the Mohali Industry Association, said the new destinations, especially Goa and Patna, will boost the tourism sector.

“We are hopeful that international flights will start from October this year after installation of the advanced instrument landing system (CAT-3) on the runway,” he said.

Welcoming the direct flight to Patna, Jatinder Pal Singh, senior vice-president, gurdwara coordination committee, Mohali, said: “It was a long-pending demand of residents of our region, as Patna Sahib is the birthplace of Guru Gobind Singh. Devotees have to travel by train, which takes a long time. Now, they will be able to take a direct flight.”

Goa, Surat and Chennai (from March 29)

IndiGo flight 6E-6137 will arrive at Chandigarh from Goa at 6:40am and will depart for Ahmedabad from Chandigarh at 8:10am

GoAir flight G8-814 will arrive at Chandigarh from Goa at 9:45am and will depart for Surat (G8-815) at 10:15am.

IndiGo flight 6E-6147 will arrive at Chandigarh from Bengaluru at 11pm and the same flight (6E-6144) will depart to Goa after midnight at 12:40am

IndiGo will also provide direct connectivity between Chandigarh and Chennai. Flight 6E-8052/8053 will arrive at Chandigarh at 1:30pm and depart for Chennai at 2pm

The flights will operate six days a week, from Monday to Saturday

Patna (from March 30)

IndiGo is also going to operate two flights between Chandigarh and Patna

The first flight (6E-6141) will arrive from Ahmedabad at 11:35am and then depart for Patna (6E-6148) at 12:05pm

The second flight (6E-6926) will arrive from Patna at 6:35pm and return at 7:05pm.

The flights will operate six days a week, from Monday to Saturday

New domestic destinations

Dubai flight to resume on Feb 15

IndiGo is all set to resume its Dubai flight from Chandigarh on February 15

The flight was suspended from December 14 onwards, citing cancellations and delays due to poor visibility at Chandigarh International Airport

However, other than the Dubai and Sharjah flights, no new international flight has been added to the summer schedule

OPERATIONS TIMINGS

Arrival

FIRST: 6:35 am

LAST: 11 pm

Departure

First: 7:05 am

Last: 12:40 am

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