Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Delhi-NCR may get second airport soon as civilian flights planned from IAF's Hindon air base

Ghaziabad: In a bid to tackle the problem of congestion at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport, plans are afoot to have a second commercial airport near the national capital soon.
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As per a report in The Times of India, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has identified seven acres of land at Sikandarpur village adjacent to the Indian Air Force's Hindon air base in Ghaziabad.
The ministry plans to launch civilian flight operations from the IAF base.
This would mean that the National Capital Region would get a second airport for commercial flights as soon as the base is ready for civilian flights.
The ministry is mulling to use Hindon air base for civilian flight operations in order to lessen the load on the IGIA till the time the Jewar international airport in Greater Noida becomes operational.
The Hindon air base currently houses IAF's heavy lift transport aircraft Globemaster.
The ministry has already got a go ahead from the Air Force to use the air base for civilian flights as part of the government's regional connectivity scheme (RCS).
While the civilian flights would use the existing runway, a separate gate and a seating area would be developed as part of the plans.
29/11/17 Times Now

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