India’s flag carrier, Air India (to be auctioned in a disinvestment move by the government) has proposed to launch a third direct flight between Bangkok  and Chandigarh.

Operations will begin from October 29, four times a week. If all goes as planned, Air India will deploy its new A320neo between the two cities.

The full-service airline already has two daily non-stop flights between Chandigarh and Bangkok — one takes off from the Indian city at 1250 and arrives in Thailand at 1355, and the second service takes off at 1350 and arrives at 1935. The return flights from Bangkok to Chandigarh take off at 0855 and 1110, and arrive back in Chandigarh at 1200 and 1210 respectively. Both services are operated by the A321 aircraft.

This morning, The Indian Express quoted Air India station manager, GS Tomar saying that the airline has proposed the new service in an affidavit submitted before a division bench of the High Court. It went on to state that Chandigarh International Airport will be carpeting its runway to make it compatible for the A320neo.

In the first week of August, a meeting has been scheduled between Air India and Chandigarh International Airport to discuss the progress of its runway. Its proceedings will be submitted to the High Court bench on August 16, which is the next date of hearing.

About ten months ago, Air India had proposed the Chandigarh-Bangkok flight, which was to start in April, but technical issues resulted in a delay.