Chandigarh International Airport


Chandigarh International Airport
Chandigarh International Airport
Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport
IATA: noneICAO: none
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Airports Authority of India, Punjab & Haryana
Operator Airports Authority of India
Serves Chandigarh, Mohali, Panchkula & Ambala
Location Chandigarh, India
Elevation AMSL 1,012 ft / 308 m
Coordinates 30°40′24″N 076°47′19″E / 30.67333°N 76.78861°E / 30.67333; 76.78861
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Sardar Bhagat Singh International Airport formerly known as Chandigarh International Airport is slated to replace the old domestic Chandigarh Airport as region's only international airport in October 2009 serving primarily Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh states of India.

It will be the second international airport in Haryana & Punjab after Raja Sansi International Airport, recently it has been renamed as Guru Ramdas international airport Amritsar. According to plans, the existing infrastructure of the civil-cum-defence airport at Chandigarh would be integrated into the new Chandigarh international airport[1].

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Name of new airport

Originally, it was proposed to name this airport as Mohali International Airport, since it is in Punjab and also is lying in proximityMohali Chandigarh. But after Haryana insisted on having its share in the project, as this airport will cater to people of Haryana also.[2] So then it was decided to name this airport to its present name to reflect Haryana's share in this project. Since Mohali is on the Punjab side of the city, Haryana felt the name of Mohali International Airport will not show Haryana's share in the airport. For now the two states have agreed on a name for the airport, Chandigarh International Airport. Lately Haryana fully support the naming of the international airport of Chandigarh as Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport. This airport would not be made new but the airforce base would be converted.[3]

Project plan

The project includes building an international terminal near the existing Chandigarh Indian Air Force base and further expansion of a domestic terminal. Also, the existing runway will be expanded to handle large passenger aircraft.

306 acres (1.24 km2) of land has been acquired by GMADA and the construction work was slated to begin by August 2009.[4][5] Construction began in January 2010.[6]

See also

Ghandi Bhawan at Punjab University.jpg Chandigarh portal

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