Chandigarh will get its first international flight in mid-September as it will be connected with Sharjah and Dubai.
The first international flight will be run by Air India to Sharjah on September 15 while Indigo will fly to Dubai on September 26.
Official sources said the Home Ministry will set up the immigration counter by September 1 to facilitate the international travellers flying out of Chandigarh and for all in-bounds passengers.
Chandigarh airport is expected to be the gateway for the travellers from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and part of Jammu and Kashmir.
With the operationalisation of international flights, the long-standing demand of the Punjabi diaspora would be fulfilled.
At present international travellers have limited choice of flights from Amritsar and they have to come to Delhi all the way to catch flights connecting different parts of the world.