Chandigarh, Dec 11 (PTI) Chandigarh got air connectivity with Bangkok today, with Air India launching a direct flight to the famous south-east Asian tourist destination from here.
The flight of the national carrier, which will be operating thrice a week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday – took off from here at about 1350 hrs carrying over 120 passengers.
The maiden flight from the Thailand’s capital reached Chandigarh International Airport in the morning before it took off for the return journey in the afternoon.
An A320 Neo aircraft has been deployed on the route and the journey will take less than five hours. The 162-seater aircraft will have 150 seats for economy class and 12 in the business class category, Airlines Executive Director (Sales and Marketing), Pankaj Kumar said.
The Chandigarh-Bangkok flight will be the third international flight from the airport here. Indigo and Air India’s subsidiary, Air India Express are already operating flights to Dubai and Sharjah from here for over a year now.
“After few weeks, we are expecting good passenger load on the route (Chandigarh-Bangkok),” Kumar said.
Replying to a question, the executive director said in future one can expect more international destinations to be covered from this airport.
“It takes some time to develop traffic and connectivity.
Slowly, it will get more connectivity,” he said.
The flight to Bangkok will take off from the international airport here at 2 pm and will reach the destination at 8.15 pm (Bangkok local time).
From Bangkok, it will depart for Chandigarh at 5.40 am (Bangkok local time) and reach here at 9.20 am (IST).
Chandigarh International Airport Limited (CHIAL) CEO Suneel Dutt said with the addition of latest flight to Bangkok today, 27 flights are operating from the airport here that includes the three international flights.