Monday, February 20, 2017

Over to Hisar: New airport and aviation hub coming soon

Hisar: Good news for the city: Hisar would soon get an airport. A feasibility report and the Centre’s approval have come in to air-link this counter-magnet city to other parts of the country. Capt DK Punia, executive director of Haryana Institute of Civil Aviation, said that initially the city would be linked to Delhi, Chandigarh and Jaipur. “The small distance air services would begin in the first phase. The 20 seat and 40-seat airplanes would be available on these routes,” he said. Flights to Mumbai, Ahmadabad and other far-off cities would start in the next phase.
Plus, the Haryana government has expedited work on the Integrated Aviation Hub in the city. The government thinking is that besides a rise in demand for airport connectivity, there is urgent need for expanding services such as maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and Fixed Base Operation (FBO). An official spokesman said the project would be developed over 3,000 acres adjoining the existing Hisar airfield which will also have features such as aircraft parking and transit facilities, an aerospace park and an aviation training centre.
With an existing airstrip of 4,000 feet, spread on 3,000 acres of government owned land, the Haryana government has invited ‘global expression of interest’ for developing the proposed integrated aviation hub. Due to its close proximity with neighbouring airports and states including the National Capital region, Hisar could also serve as a potential location for commercial development, the official said.
19/02/17 Deependar Deswal/Tribune

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