Budget carrier Indigo on Sunday announced direct flights from Chandigarh to Dubai, starting September 26. Indigo also announced a special all-inclusive return fare priced at Rs 9,999 for its maiden international flight. The non-stop Chandigarh-Delhi flight has been announced just a year after the inauguration of a new terminal at the Chandigarh International Airport. PM Narendra Modi had inaugurated the new terminal at the airport on September 11, 2015. It was constructed at a cost of Rs 939 crore. Indigo President and whole-time Director Aditya Ghosh said that Chandigarh has always been a promising market for Indigo. “We are really excited to provide an international connection from Chandigarh”, said Ghosh in a release.
According to a report in ToI, the Chandigarh-Dubai flight would operate at 4:15 pm daily and take around 3:35 hours to reach Dubai. With the introduction of the flight, people of Chandigarh can directly travel to Dubai without travelling to Delhi. Chandigarh International Airport chief executive officer Sunil Dutt termed the announcement a ‘brainwave’ for Chandigarh Airport. This will be the first international commercial flight in history of Chandigarh airport. Chandigarh International Airport Limited (CHIAL), a joint venture firm between Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the governments of Punjab and Haryana runs and maintains the terminal.