Commercial operations at Delhi’s Hindon air base to begin from July first week. Night operations will remain banned for now due to the movements of Nilgai on the airstrip, a report by Zee Business claimed.
The flights from Hindon airport will mostly serve regional destinations and will be functioning under the Regional Connectivity Scheme of the Government ‘’Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik’ (UDAN). Under the rules of the UDAN scheme, airlines need to cap flight ticket prices at INR 2,500 per hour of flight.
In the beginning, the services will begin to Hubli, Pithoragarh, Faizabad, Jamnagar, Shimla, Nashik, Kannur, Nashik, and Kalburgi. The administration has also asked to include Lucknow in the regional list. It has also requested for INR 10 crores for developing a drainage system for the airport as well as to fence the surroundings.
Delhi’s Hindon airport is 40 km away from the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport. The civil enclave of the airbase, which is now getting ready for operations, can handle up to 300 passengers during the peak hours. The Airport Authority of India (AAI) developed the airport infrastructure and the road to the airport was constructed by the Uttar Pradesh government.
Earlier there were speculations that Hindon airport will begin services from June. The Ministry of Defence had given its approval for civil enclave which belongs to Indian Air Force (IAF). The present Hindon Airport is originally used as an airbase by Indian Air Force (IAF). Hindon airport is developed to ease air traffic congestion from the Indira Gandhi Airport (IGI) in Delhi.
The terminal is built at an area of 5425 sqm with facilities such as four frisking booths, eight check-in counters, and two arrival carousel. There is also a parking slot capable of accommodating 90 cars.
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