Thursday, November 07, 2019

Hindon gets 2nd flight, most seats sold for the week

Ghaziabad: It has been nearly nine months since Hindon airport was launched. The idea was to take some pressure off Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. The Hindon airport started functioning last month, when Heritage Airlines started a six-day flight service to Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand. But that ended up being a false start after flight operations were suspended twice.
After a hiatus, the Hindon display board lit up again on Wednesday: “OG115”. For now, the new Star Air flights to and from Hubballi will be the only one operating out of the airport.
Just as the display board said the incoming flight was on time, the terminal broke out in a flurry of activity – officials from Star Air and the Airports Authority of India wrapped up a quick inaugural ceremony. At 3.45pm, the first flight on the route touched down at Hindon.
The Heritage Airlines flight, a nine-seater, did not allow any check-in baggage. Star Air does. And on the first day, there were no glitches.
In fact, a lot of what the Star Air flight service has to offer makes things easier – a bigger aircraft (the 50-seater Embraer), a bigger fleet (two now, to be scaled up to five by the end of the year) and baggage check-in facilities.
The Hubballi-Hindon flights will operate thrice a week – on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. On Wednesday and Thursday, the flight will leave Hubballi at 1.05pm and land in Hindon at 3.45pm. It will leave for a return journey to Hubballi at 4.10pm and reach at 6.50pm.
On Saturdays, the flight will leave Hubballi at 11.50am and arrive at 2.30pm. It will leave Hindon at 3pm and reach Hubballi at 5.40pm.
07/11/19 Abhijay Jha/Times of India

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