Chandigarh International Airport To Remain Shut From May 12 to May 31

During the closure, the IAF had relocated all its aircraft to alternatives bases in north India.

Chandigarh:  The Chandigarh International Airport will remain shut for all air traffic from May 12 to 31 to carry out runway expansion and repairs.

This is the second phase of runway repair, and the first phase carried out from February 12 to 26 this year.

“As per the NOTAM (notice to airmen), no civil and military flights will operate from Chandigarh from May 12 to May 31,” Chandigarh International Airport Ltd (CHIAL) PRO Deepesh Joshi said.

The closure of the airport later this month will affect thousands of passengers, especially during the summer vacation season starting later in May.

The airport also has an Indian Air Force (IAF) transport unit based here catering to the forward areas in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly Ladakh area.

During the closure, the IAF had relocated all its aircraft to alternatives bases in north India.

The base was established in 1961 as a major air logistics node of Indian troops deployed in Jammu and Kashmir. It has also been home to fighter squadrons that were deployed for the air defence of the sensitive Punjab sector. 

With time, the base grew in size and operated heavy and medium lift air mobility aircraft like the Antonov-12, Anotonov-32, ILyshin-76, Mi-26 and C-17 Globemaster, a defence spokesman said in Chandigarh on Friday, adding that the runway was due for repair and enhancement, with the improvement plan involved…

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