Hindon Airport, located adjacent to the Indian Air Force base in Ghaziabad, will start its operations for commercial flights from today onwards. The civil enclave at Hindon airport was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March 2018.
Currently, only one company, Heritage Aviation Pvt Ltd will be using the runway to operate flights to popular destinations like Pithoragarh, Hubli, Shimla and Dehradun. Rohit Mathur, the CEO, was reported by ANI as saying that the first flight, meant to take-off today will be to Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh, and will be a 9-seater aircraft, with the fare for each seat being priced at ₹2500.
The Hindon airport in Ghaziabad can accommodate upto 300 passengers and can operate flights that have a seating capacity of 80 people.
How Convenient Is It?
It is located at a distance of 40 kms from the Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, therefore making it quite convenient for those who will now not have to travel all the way to Delhi to catch a flight. However, it will only be with respect to certain places like Faizabad, Nashik and a few other popular tourist destinations. For commercial flights, domestic and international, the passengers will still have to travel to IGI.
The Hindon Air Base is a very prominent flying zone for the Indian Air Force and the recently operational airport is a part of the civil enclave that has been developed along with the Airport Authority of India (AAI). The IAF permitted the use of commercial flights under the scheme – UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) which is aimed at making flying more affordable.