Flights to Sharjah and Dubai will operate from Chandigarh International Airport under an air bubble agreement between India and UAE With India formalizing air bubble agreements with 18 countries, flights to Sharjah and Dubai will continue from the Chandigarh International Airport in the first week of October.
Chandigarh International Airport
- An air bubble is a special bilateral arrangement connecting two countries to enable seamless traveling with arranged flights and a set of regulations and restrictions. With other countries, India has signed an agreement with the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Both international flights will be returned in the first week of October,” confirmed Ajay Bhardwaj, chief executive officer, Chandigarh International Airport Limited, on Monday.
Flights to Sharjah and Dubai
However, the repetition and timings are still to be worked out. Flights to Sharjah and Dubai in the UAE were originated in 2016 after Chandigarh airport got the international tag.
While the Sharjah flight was operating twice a week, the Dubai one flew on every day but Sunday.
The pandemic grounded these flights in March last year.
Thereon, scheduled flights from Dubai remained canceled, though arrivals remained to bring any stranded resident.
In the case of Sharjah, operations resumed in December but were stopped once again due to the second wave in March this year.
New flights on tickets Chandigarh will also get direct connectivity to Jodhpur and Ranchi next month. The airport will resume flights to Jammu and Patna too.“
Reopening Jammu and Patna flights
- We are also continuing direct flights to Jodhpur and reopening Jammu and Patna flights. After a stop at Patna, the flight will depart to Ranchi and will include both capitals.
The new flights have been added in the winter schedule, which will be released in the second week of October,” said Bhardwaj.
IndiGo had started the direct flight
IndiGo had started the direct flight between Patna and Chandigarh in March last year, but it was grounded quickly after.
The operations reopened in January this year but had to be suspended once again in March. Set to reopen again, the flight will run six days a week.”Due to Covid-19 restrictions, some airlines have reduced their flights.
At present, 30 flights are working from the airport, with a footfall of around 6,500 per day, at both departure and arrival. In the winter schedule, we are expecting almost 36 flights,” said Bhardwaj.
Before the lockdown, almost 44 flights were operating from the Chandigarh airport, joining it to major cities over the country besides Sharjah and Dubai.
Dharamshala, Srinagar flights
- Dharamshala, Srinagar flights delayed on Monday flights to and from Dharamshala and Srinagar were delayed due to operational reasons at the Chandigarh International Airport on Monday.
The Dharamshala flight’s departure was delayed by two hours, as it took off at 10:33 am instead of 8:30 am. It led to a delay in the return flight too. Meanwhile, the Srinagar flight operated by GoAir was also delayed by 25 minutes.
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source: Hindustan times