CHANDIGARH: A civil terminal since 1967, the Chandigarh airport had to make do with a single flight to Delhi for nearly four decades before it finally got wings.
In the last 10 years, the airport traffic has grown exponentially from 1.5 lakh passengers in 2006 to 18 lakh now, reports HiIndustan Times.
The number of destinations has also soared from one to 11 with two international destinations as well.
Much of this growth, both in terms of footfall and diversity in air connectivity, came after the construction of a plush 1400-crore giant terminal in Mohali’s Jheourheri village in October 2015.
The Punjab and Haryana high court also helped it take off globally by goading the authorities to “make Chandigarh airport ‘international’ or use it for wheat storage”.
Thanks to this, the airport has flights to Dubai and Sharjah, which have been running houseful for nearly 10 months now.
Last year also saw the addition of many new domestic routes, connecting the Chandigarh region with destinations as varied as Srinagar and Leh in the north, the touristy Jaipur in the west, the cosmopolitan Pune in the southwest and the IT hubs of Hyderabad and Bengaluru in the south.
“The way the airport is expanding, it has a great future. It bodes well both for the country and the region, be it in terms of connectivity or business,” gushes airport CEO Suneel Dutt, who has seen it from its infancy.