Pune: Passengers travelling from Pune to Chandigarh International Airport by Air India flight will have to face inconvenience. The airline has cancelled their Pune-Chandigarh flight from December 27 to January 15 due to fog. The airline is sending messages to the fliers, who have booked their tickets in advance.
Flight number AI 813 departs from Chandigarh at 10.50 am and arrives in Pune at 1.20 pm from Monday to Friday. Flight number AI 814 departs from Pune at 2 pm and arrives in Chandigarh at 4.30 pm from Monday to Friday.
Suhas Jadhav, Pune Station Manager, Air India, said, "We are cancelling flight AI 813/AI 814 from December 27 to January 15, 2018. The airport runway will be closed due to fog at Chandigarh and operate only up to 4 pm. Further, the flight service stands cancelled due to complete closure of the Chandigarh airport for maintenance activity between February 12 and February 26, 2018."
According to the Chandigarh airport authority, the airport will be shut for two weeks in February for construction work. The international airport will remain closed from February 12 to 26, 2018 for the runway resurfacing work.
A notice issued by the Chandigarh International Airport Ltd stated that there would be no flight operations from the airport during the repair work. All airlines have been told to make required changes in their operations. The decision has been taken nearly two months in advance so that air travellers can change their plans accordingly.
The repair work is necessary as the current runway is of 9,000 ft in length and will be upgraded to 10,400 ft to accommodate wide-bodied aircrafts such as Boeing 777, 787 and 747.
According to the Chandigarh International Airport Ltd (CHIAL), only nearby destinations (within approx 5,000 km) are accessible. The expected completion of runway upgrade is slated in March 2018. Besides, Cat-III ILS (Instrument Landing System) required to operate flights in low visibility will be also installed as the airport only has Cat-I ILS (Cat-II compliant).