Ambala is one of the 13 cities to be finalised for a domestic airport under UDAN III scheme of the ministry of civil aviation, which comes as a New Year’s gift for its residents.
A team from Airports Authority of India (AAI) has identified land in Barnala village, adjacent to the Indian Air Force station boundary of the Ambala Cantonment, for the airport.
The team had visited the site on Monday and submitted its report to officials.
Haryana’s health, sports and youth welfare minister Anil Vij said that the proposed airport will not only add to the growth of Ambala Cantonment and Ambala City but will also help in employment opportunities to local youth.
He also thanked the current government for adding Ambala to the list of 13 cities under for the Udan Scheme. Most of the formalities have been completed hence, he is certain that this airport project will become a reality.
The announcement has come at a time when the international airport at Chandigarh is gradually attracting more passengers.
The airport is just 40 km from Ambala. It is the third domestic airport sanctioned for Haryana. The ministry had already given the go-ahead for Karnal and Hisar airports.