Tuesday, September 05, 2017

HAL airport might soon be open for diverted flights

The Ministry of Civil Aviation recently announced that it is mulling the option to use the Hindon Air Base in Ghaziabad to operate regional flights during the upcoming winter to decongest Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport.

Similarly, the now defunct HAL airport in the city too could become operational for flights which are diverted from the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) during the winter season or whenever flights are unable to land at KIA in Devanahalli.

The ministry is considering this option and seeking information from the civil aviation regulator if defunct airports can be used during circumstances such as diversions. Besides, it also wants to know if there is necessary infrastructure at the airport to handle flights and cater to the passengers. The HAL Airport has been closed for commercial operations since May 2008.

A few months ago, the Airport Authority India (AAI) officials had inspected the terminal building for operationalisation of the airport’s civil enclave. Orders were also issued to check all the electrical fixtures, air conditioning system, and conveyor system for making it feasible for repairing and operationalising the systems.
05/09/17 Bangalore Mirror

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