Thursday, October 07, 2021

Flights to Ayodhya likely to start from Hindon terminal

Ghaziabad: The civil terminal at the Hindon air force base, which has struggled to make an impression on the aviation map with just two operational routes, received some impetus with two airlines set to commence flight operations to Ayodhya and Kushinagar and Pithoragarh.

The civil aviation ministry, according to airport officials, has approved operations on the three routes under the UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) scheme. While Heritage Aviation had started a flight to Pithoragarh in 2019, the service has been suspended for over a year. A leading private airline is expected to start the service on the route now, officials said.

“As per communication received from the civil aviation ministry, Turbo Aviation has been awarded Ghaziabad to Ayodhaya route. There is still no detail as to when the operation will start but it is expected that operations may start by the end of this year,” Shobha Bhardwaj, director of Hindon civil terminal, told TOI.

Flight operations on the Ghaziabad- Kushinagar and Ghaziabad-Pithoragarh routes will be handled by a leading airline, Bhardwaj said, adding further orders were awaited. Flights on the Ayodhya route are will cut the journey time to an hour. It currently takes 10 hours to reach the Uttar Pradesh city by road.

The civil terminal at Ghaziabad was proposed to operate flights to eight routes, including Nashik, Pithoragarh, Kannur, Hubli, Faizabad, Shimla, Jamnagar and Kalaburagi. However, commercial flight operations had commenced from the terminal in 2019 on only three routes -- Pithoragarh, Hubli and Kalburgi.

07/10/21 Abhijay Jha/Times of India

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