Civil aviation ministry clearance for flights to Dubai, Bangkok from Chandigarh

CHANDIGARH: The ministry of civil aviation on Thursday gave clearance to start international flights from Chandigarh for Dubai and Bangkok. This decision was taken by the Union civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati during a meeting held with Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal in New Delhi. Sources said the minister for civil aviation confirmed to Punjab CM that Indigo, Spice Jet and UAE airlines had been given permission to operate their international flights from Chandigarh to Dubai and Bangkok in near future. The Union minister also expressed that new flights would cater to major rush from Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh and Haryana, who have to go to Delhi, saving their time, money and energy. A spokesperson of Punjab chief minister's office confirmed about the clearance for international flights from Chandigarh airport by the the ministry of civil aviation. Chandigarh airport has been waiting for a long time for the international flights. In October 2012, Chandigarh airport was notified as customs airport by the Union ministry of finance (department of revenue), which was a mandatory condition to operate international flights from here. However, the denial of extending watch hours beyond 8pm by the Air Force, which is controlling the Chandigarh airport, international flights could not be launched. Union civil aviation ministry has agreed to start domestic flights from the civil terminal in Bathinda after seeking final clearance from the ministry of defence (MoD). At a meeting with civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday apprised him that the construction work of the civil terminal at Bathinda had been completed about a year ago. Badal also sought intervention of Union minister to impress upon MoD for opening civil air terminals at Air Force stations in Adampur (Jalandhar) and Halwara (Ludhiana) to facilitate people to have air connectivity to these important industrial towns to boost trade and commerce activity in the region. Likewise, CM also urged the minister to resume domestic flights from the civil air terminal at Pathankot and Sahnewal. He said that domestic flights were operational at Pathankot and Sahnewal. Source

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