Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Land identified for civilian flights from Hindon IAF base in Ghaziabad

Ghaziabad: Seven acres of land next to the Hindon air base in Ghaziabad have been identified to start civilian flight operations from the Indian Air Force (IAF) facility, which will effectively turn it into the second airport for commercial flights in Delhi-National Capital Region.
The civil aviation ministry is looking at the Hindon air base - home to IAF's heavy lift transport aircraft Globemaster - as a supplementary facility to reduce the heavy burden on Delhi's IGI airport till the Jewar international airport in Greater Noida takes shape.
In August, the air force had agreed to allow the use of the air base for civilian flights under the government's regional connectivity scheme (RCS).
The land on which the government plans to build infrastructure for civilian flights are in Sikandarpur village, next to the base's perimeter wall. Officials said a separate gate for passengers and a seating area would be developed in this part. Passenger flights can use the existing runway. The Hindon air base is around 10km from DMRC's Dilshad Garden Metro station on the Red line.
29/11/17 Abhijay Jha/Times of India