Thursday, October 10, 2019

Flights to Karnataka’s Hubballi from Ghaziabad next month

New Delhi/Ghaziabad: A new Private airline, Star Air, will start flights between Hubballi in Karnataka and Ghaziabad in November, making it the second private carrier to launch a plane service from the new Hindon terminal that starts operations this Friday with a flight service to Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand.
The Hindon air force base’s civil terminal will technically become the second airport in NCR after Delhi’s IGI when it receives a 9-seater Beechcraft plane from Pithoragarh on October 11. The Star Air service will, meanwhile, begin November 6. The airline announced it will operate a 50-seater Embraer EMB-145 aircraft every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. It will leave Hubballi at 1.05pm and reach Hindon by 3.45pm. “It departs Hindon at 4.10pm and arrives in Hubballi by 6.50pm. Bookings opened on October 7 and the fare starts at Rs 3,699,” the airline said.
Heritage Airlines, which will operate the Pithoragarh flight, said it had received a good response. “From October 11 to 26, seats on the Pithoragarh-Hindon route are fully booked while on the Hindon-Pithorgarh route so far, over 80% (of seats) are booked,” said its CEO Rohit Mathur.
However, passengers will not be able to check in baggage. They can only fly with a hand bag weighing up to 7kg. Both Heritage Aviation and Star Air have the same policy of not allowing check-in baggage on their flights. While Heritage Aviation currently has only one 9-seater Beechcraft King Air 350, Star Air has two 50-seater Embraer 145. “We are permitting only hand baggage since it is a small aircraft,” said Mathur. “As of now, we don’t allow check-in baggage but may do so in future,” a spokesperson for Star Air said. Star’s website says the one hand baggage allowed up to 7kg includes a laptop, and excess hand baggage beyond 7kg will cost Rs 300 extra per kg per sector.
Airports Authority of India’s (AAI) Shobha Bhardwaj said the state-run airport operator has made arrangements for passengers to check in baggage. “Security check of check-in baggage will be done by the airline. Pre-boarding security check of passengers and hand bags will be done by state police,” said Bhardwaj, who is director of the Hindon civil terminal. Unlike big airport terminals, the Central Industrial Security Force has not yet been deployed at Hindon civil terminal. CISF had sent a proposal to be deployed at this terminal but perhaps given the very low traffic volume, aviation authorities may decide on doing so when — and if — passenger numbers here justify incurring that additional cost.
10/09/10 Times of India
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