Chandigarh

Chandigarh to have four weekly flights to Bangkok

July 11, 2017 06:52 PM

Chandigarh: National carrier, Air India is all set to start a direct flight from Chandigarh to Bangkok from November.  At a resumed hearing on Tuesday of the case at Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Bench was told that Air India would launch the flight in November. It would operate four days a week.

The Haryana Government counsel added that Rs 22 lakh had been paid to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for carrying out a survey for an underpass from the NH-21 side till the international terminal for direct access from Chandigarh.

The Bench hearing the case was provided the information almost 10 months after the Chandigarh-Bangkok flight by Air India was first announced. The flight was to start in April, but was deferred till May. Taking up the matter, the Division Bench headed by Justice SS Saron asked Air India to submit its status report on restarting the Amritsar-Birmingham flight by July 18.

During the course of the hearing, Assistant Solicitor General Chetan Mittal told the Bench that the work for recarpeting/resurfacing of the airport had been allotted to a private company and it had initiated the process.

The Bench was also told that a meeting convened by the Secretary, Civil Aviation Ministry, would deliberate on issues hovering around the international airport in Delhi in the first week of August. The issues include the acquisition of land for a parallel taxi track, resurfacing of the runway and the hub-spoke flight policy. Taking a note of the assertion, the Bench asked the Union Government to file its status report on the meeting.

The Bench was informed that the Ministry of Defence had given its approval for the acquisition of land for a parallel taxi track. “The Ministry of Defence has given the approval and the file has now been sent to the Ministry of Aviation, which is the main funding source for the track,” the Union Government counsel asserted.

The Haryana Government counsel added that Rs 22 lakh had been paid to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for carrying out a survey for an underpass from the NH-21 side till the international terminal for direct access from Chandigarh.

 

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