Chandigarh Airport to be ready for wide-bodied aircraft by March 2019: Jayant Sinha

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The Chandigarh airport is all set to spread its wings with wide-bodied aircraft, as the runway would be open to ‘category 4E aircraft’ and will be operational 24*7, by end of March 2019, shared Shri Jayant Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Government of India, while addressing at the Conference on “Making India an Aviation Hub: Giving Wings to Aviation Sector in North”, organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), here today. Operation of wide-bodied aircraft would help the city in connecting major international destinations, including USA, Europe, Canada, and the UK.

 Jayant Sinha said that the Indian Aviation sector is booming at an unprecedented manner, wherein the domestic trips have witnessed a double digit growth from 6 crores in 2013 to 12 crores in 2017, whereas the overall trips have increased from 10 crores in 2014 to 18 crores in 2018. Talking about the forward looking policies of Government of India,  Minister shared that through the National Civil Aviation Policy, the Government of India envisages to achieve 1 billion trips in the coming years. A new approach towards regulating airports on the yield basis rather than revenue basis has been introduced to promote aviation sector. This will help in keeping the prices in control and will benefit the airline operators and the passengers, he said. Other initiatives such as relaxation in the FDI norms, ease of doing business etc also makes the aviation sector an attractive destination for the investors. Aviation was going to be one of the largest industries in India and would have a multiplier effect on other sectors as well, Hon’ble Minister added.

Sharing the Government of India’s plan for infrastructure development, Sinha highlighted that under the NABH NIRMAN programme of Government of India, the Ministry has committed investment of 1 lakh crores in the development and expansion of the new and existing airports to achieve the target of 1 billion trips in a year, which at present is around 200– 250 million passengers. These include Greenfield airports such as Jewar, Hissar, Ludhiana, Pathankot etc. Further, the Government will spend additional Rs 3 billion on the further development of the existing airports, he added.

On the development of the aviation sector in Haryana, Devender Singh, Additional Chief Secretary – Industries & Civil Aviation, Government of Haryana shared that Hissar is being developed as an aviation hub in the state, under the RCS-UDAN Scheme. The State Government intends to invite Non Scheduled Operator Permit (NSOP) Holders to operate on mutually acceptable routes from Hisar, with attractive incentives. The State Government has proposed tie up for flights from Hisar-Chandigarh to Shimla, Kullu, Dharamshala etc. The State Government also envisages to set up Small scale MRO, Fixed base operations (FBO), Defence Manufacturing and Defence MRO as part of the Phase II expansion of the Hissar Airport, Mr Singh expressed.

Tejveer Singh, Principal Secretary to Hon’ble Chief Minister & Secretary- Civil Aviation, Government of Punjab, highlighted that in the present scenario, the Air force has liberalized its policies and is now open to allowing airports for domestic and commercial use to be established along the air field. On the Punjab Aviation scenario, Mr Singh, highlighted that both Ludhiana and Pathankot are being developed as upcoming and fully functional airports in Punjab. Now Halwara being development as an upcoming airport where land identification has already been done and it is expected that in the coming 3 years’ time, the airport will be developed for commercial use. Chandigarh Airport is also being made fully operational and it is expected that more flights, particularly the international flights will be operation from Chandigarh, he added.

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