Friday, June 14, 2019

Hindon civilian flights may start in July, but no night operations

Ghaziabad: Commercial flight operations could begin at the Hindon air base in the first week of July, officials said. However, Airports Authority of India (AAI) has declined permission for night landings due to movement of nilgai on the air strip. The civil enclave of the IAF base was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March.
The district administration, meanwhile, has urged the UP government to include Lucknow in the list of eight cities — Hubli, Jamnagar, Faizabad, Pithoragarh, Shimla, Kalburgi, Kannur and Nashik — that the airport will have flights to under the subsidised regional air connectivity scheme UDAN.

It has also sought Rs 10 crore for fencing the civil terminal and developing a drainage system at Hindon.

“We are in touch with the AAI and we are given to be believe that by the first week of July, civilian flight operations at Hindon IAF base will commence,” said district magistrate Ritu Maheshwari. “We have also written to the state government to make Lucknow another destination for flights from Hindon,” she said.

Once operational, Hindon will be the second airport in the NCR after Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, 40km away.

However, the district administration said that the AAI has not given permission to operate night flights out of safety concern since the terminal and the air strip are not properly fenced. “The area is frequented by nilgai and AAI has said it could be risky if flights operate after dark,” said Maheshwari. “So we have sought Rs 4.5 crore from the state civil aviation department for fencing the perimeter of the terminal.”
14/06/19 Abhijay Jha/Times of India

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