Wego reports that Air India Express will cease its service on the Chandigarh to Sharjah route starting today, a flight that is notably absent from the DGCA-approved Winter Schedule. As a result, Chandigarh will exclusively cater to international travelers headed to Dubai, with IndiGo maintaining daily flights on this route.
It’s noteworthy that Air India Express, responsible for operating the Sharjah flight, has not yet disclosed its schedule for the upcoming winter season, commencing on 29 October.
In the forthcoming winter schedule at Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport, the previously thrice-weekly flights to Sharjah will no longer be available.
Airport CEO Rakesh Ranjan Sahay commented, “At present, the Sharjah flight will be discontinued from 27 October. We have reached out to the airline to obtain their schedule, but we have yet to receive a response.” On a positive note, the 2023 winter schedule introduces an increase in the total number of flights, rising from 44 to 49. Additionally, the airport will see the introduction of three new airlines: Air Asia, Spice Jet, and Air India Express.
The DGCA recently sanctioned this winter schedule, which brings new and exciting destinations into the mix. Air Asia Airlines will provide flights to Goa, Spice Jet will connect to Hyderabad, Patna, Varanasi, Mumbai, and Pune, while Air India Express will serve Delhi, Bangalore, and Mumbai. Existing airlines, such as Vistara and IndiGo, have also expanded their services by adding flights to Goa.
Since its inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 11 September 2015, Chandigarh Airport has primarily offered just two international flights – one to Sharjah and the other to Dubai – for the past eight years. Except for the Sharjah flight, which is currently uncertain, the daily flight to Dubai remains unaffected.
An eagerly anticipated direct flight to London was scheduled for launch by October 2022, connecting Mohali to London’s Heathrow Airport or Birmingham Airport, approximately 170 kilometers from the UK capital. However, despite multiple meetings with the British High Commission, this project has yet to materialize.