Chandigarh: Confusion over operations of the international flights from Chandigarh International Airport are heading towards an end as Indigo Airlines and Air India have submitted a representation in Punjab and Haryana High Court clearing their stand over operating international flights to various destinations overseas. Indigo in its representation has declared to start its first international flight to Dubai on September 26 onwards from Chandigarh Airport.
The flight will have one halt at IGI, New Delhi before proceeding to Dubai, said sources. The next date of hearing is on July 28. Similarly, Air India Express has also declared to start international operations from Chandigarh to Sharjah from October 31 onwards. And Air India will fly to Singapore from Chandigarh starting December 15 onwards. Indigo has already started booking the tickets for Dubai on their website book.goindigo.in.
The tentative price for single traveller adult is displayed as Rs 10,136 whereas the return flight is listed as Rs 9057. Chandigarh Airport, Deputy General Manager, Haikey said, “Indigo and Air India Express has been given clearance by airport authority to operate from Chandigarh to Dubai and Sharjah, respectively. They will start the booking process once they get clearance from Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) New Delhi.”
Jubilant over announcement, Mohali Industry Association (MIA) President Sanjeev Vashisht said, “We have been informed by our counsel that Indigo and Air India have submitted their representation in HC today declaring that they will operate flights on September 26 to Dubai and December 15 to Singapore from Mohali International Airport. We have been waiting eagerly for the announcement to get connected to the rest of the world.”
Recently during the court hearing, Air India told court that the Ministry of Home Affairs has approved the standard operating procedure for Air India to start operation. Similarly, IndiGo, which had raised the issue of Punjab Customs authorities declining clearance for bonded liquor facility at the airport, was told in the courtroom itself that they had got the approval. The next date for the hearing is slated for July 28.
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