Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Hindon airport in Ghaziabad to be operational for UDAN flights by March

New Delhi: You will be able to fly from the Hindon air base near Delhi to places like Pithoragarh, Jaisalmer, Gorakhpur, Allahabad, Hubli and Kannur by March this year. A senior aviation ministry official Wednesday said the civil enclave being built by Airports Authority of India (AAI) will become operational by March after which up to 80-seater planes can operate flights under the subsidised regional air connectivity scheme UDAN. The airport will be able to handle aircraft which carry less than 80 passengers.
Since Delhi IGI Airport does not have free slots, it was unable to accommodate new RCS flights — on which fares are capped at Rs 2,500 per hour of flying for a certain number of seats on each flight. Hindon will handle these flights till IGIA’s expansion work to have a fourth runway and a bigger terminal 1 is completed in three to four years.

According to AAI, the first set of flights to and from Hindon bid out under “ude desk ka aam nagrik” (UDAN)-II RCS scheme will some routes being operated by big low cost carriers including: Lucknow-Hindon-Kolkata-Jorhat; Hindon-Bhopal-Ozar (Nasik); Hindon-Jaisalmer-Udaipur; Hindon-Gorakhur-Allahabad; Hindon-Allahabad-Kolkata; Hindon-Kannur; Ozar (Nasik)-Hindon and Tirupati-Hubli-Hindon. Most of these new flights will be by IndiGo and a couple of small, new players.

30/01/19 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India