Tuesday, March 05, 2019

PM Modi to inaugurate Hindon Airport on Friday, UDAN flight to 8 places to start from May

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the civil enclave terminal built by Airports Authority of India (AAI) at Hindon airbase near Delhi on Friday, the Times of India reported. Meanwhile, regular flight services to eight regional airports under the ‘Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik’ (Udan) scheme will begin from May, the publication added. Worth mentioning here is that under the UDAN scheme, fares are capped at Rs 2,500 per hour for a certain number of seats on each flight.

Budget Carrier IndiGo to start services from Hindon airport to Gulbarga, Nashik, Hubali, Shimla, Pithoragarh, Jamnagar, Kannur and Faizabad, the ToI report mentioned quoting an unnamed AAI official. Other than IndiGo some smaller airlines will also start their services from the Hindon airport.

"We have informed airlines that had won routes from Hindon under the regional air connectivity scheme (RCS) that the airport will be ready by March 10 and they have indicated the time frame for beginning flights after arranging for aircraft, pilots and getting all clearances,” the AAI official told the daily.

The Hindon airport will be able to handle aircraft that carry less than 80 passengers.

Besides the regional service to eight airports from Hindon, the other routes awarded from this airport under the UDAN scheme include 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 the new flights will be by IndiGo and a couple of small and new players.

As IGI airport is unable to accommodate new regional flights due to capacity constraints, Hindon will handle these flights till expansion work at IGI for a fourth runway and a bigger Terminal-1 is completed in three to four years.
05/03/19 ETNowNews.com
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