With a flight taking off for Nanded Sahib from Chandigarh airport on Wednesday morning, the city has been directly connected by air with the place of Sikh pilgrimage.
The flight, which was packed to capacity with 162 passengers on board, took off at 9.10 am amid religious chants. Priests performed a ‘shabad kirtan’ and ‘ardas’ at the airport before the flight took off.
Later, the flight, which returned from Nanded, was given a 'water salute' by the airport authorities at Mohali as a mark of respect. Passengers were given a warm welcome by Air India and the airport authorities amid dhol beats and bhangra.
According to MR Jindal, Air India manager at the airport, the return flight from Hazoor Sahib was also packed. The flight will operate twice a week, Tuesday and Wednesday. It will take off at 9.10 am from Chandigarh and reach its destination at 11.30 am. From Nanded Sahib, it will depart at 12.05 pm.