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Chandigarh airport closed for runway expansion

IANS  |  Chandigarh 

The International was closed for all air traffic on Monday for authorities to carry out runway expansion and repairs.

Flight operations will remain suspended from February 12 to 26, an said on Monday. The 15-day closure of the will roughly affect over 80,000 passengers, an said.

Flight operations will resume on February 27.

(CEO) said the runway was being upgraded to increase its length from 9,000 feet to 10,400 feet to enable operation of wide-bodied aircrafts.

This would better enable air carriers to connect the city with destinations in Europe, the US and in the future.

The airport is a defence facility and is controlled by the (IAF) which operates a transport squadron here.

Commercial flights use the same runway at this airport, which handles nearly 30 commercial flights daily, including international flights to Dubai, and

The city is linked to Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Srinagar, and a few other cities in the domestic circuit.

The nearest civilian airports to are and - both around 250 km away.

The and High Court has asked railway officials about the alternate arrangements being made by them to cater to the increased rush of passengers on various trains due to the airport closure.

Railway authorities have said that additional coaches were being added to existing trains to cater to the increased demand.

is linked to New through three Shatabdi Express trains from each side. Other trains link the city with and other destinations.



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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 09:42 IST