On the day when the first international flight took off from Chandigarh to Sharjah, Air India has announced that they are planning to start flights from Chandigarh to Singapore and Bangkok from next year, on Thursday.
“This airport has tremendous tourism potential and we are planning to start flights to Singapore and Bangkok in next summer schedule,” chairman and managing director of Air India Ashwani Lohani. He also added that both the flights would operate thrice a week.
On flights to Canada, Lohani said that Chandigarh has a lot of demand for Toronto. “For other destinations, we can further plan connecting flights,” he said.
Earlier, the Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, during a press conference announced that during the next summer schedule, Air India was planning to start a flight to Singapore from the city. “Air India is thinking of further connecting this city with Singapore, probably in the month of March or April. So that is good news for me… the Air India team has done a good work,” he said.
When asked if there is a time frame to introduce more flights from the city, Raju said, “You cannot put a time frame on things. These intentions are good. We have to get them, promote them and together do it and see that it happens.”
Sukhbir Singh Badal, the Deputy Chief Minister said that the starting of international airport was their main election promises. “We have always wanted to connect Punjab with the rest of the world. This is a historic day. This initiative would go a long way in propelling IT and also tourism sector in the state. It will serve Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, J&K and major parts of Haryana,” he said.