Hisar Airport

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Hisar Airport
हिसार हवाई अड्डे
IATA: HSSICAO: VIHR
HSS is located in India airports
HSS
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Location of airport in India
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Haryana Institute of Civil Aviation
Location Hisar
Elevation AMSL 700 ft / 213 m
Coordinates 29°10′45″N 075°45′19″E / 29.17917°N 75.75528°E / 29.17917; 75.75528
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
12/30 4,000 1,219 Asphalt
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Hisar Airport (IATA: HSSICAO: VIHR) is a public airport serving Hisar, Haryana, India. It is located 5 kilometres north-east from the city on National Highway 10.

History[edit]

The airfield, spread over 194 acres, was built in 1965 for the Hisar Aviation Club [2] which merged with Haryana Institute of Civil Aviation in 1999.

A privately managed service was started from Hisar to Delhi and Patiala in 1971 but was terminated after a period of six months.[3]

Hisar was the first town in the state to start domestic flights in 1993-94. However, the services had to be terminated within six months due to lack of passengers.[4] Officials at the airfield said private airlines had started domestic flights from Hisar to Delhi and other places in 1993-94. The Air India's Yayudoot had also started its flights from this airport but terminated after a period of six months.[4] “But the services had to be stopped as the airlines faced financial crunch as well as shortage of passengers,” said aviation club in charge Isreal Mohammad.[4]

Jagdish Jindal, a local industrialist who had travelled from Hisar to Delhi in the nineties, said, "At present, the situation is quite different as the volume of trade and industries has increased manifold. Now, Hisar city and other nearby towns have potential air travellers and hopefully, the past experience would not be repeated this time."[4]

Located nearly 5 km from the town along the National Highway No. 10, the airport is managed by the Haryana Institute of Civil Aviation (HICA) which provides flying and gliding training to youth.[4]

The institute continues to provide flight training at the airfield with its fleet of Cessna aircraft.[5]

The Delhi Flying Club (DFC) shifted all its flying activities to Hisar from Safdarjung Airport in 2002.[6]

The flying club owns two aircraft—4-seater Cessna 172 and 2-seater Cessna 152—and two motor gliders. It has 4,000 feet strip which will be extended up to 6,000 feet for landing of aircraft like ATR Turboprops and jets.[4]

In 2012, both Hissar and Karnal airports upgraded their conventional night flying capabilities[7] with Goose Neck Flares (GNFs),[8] Non-Directional Beacon (NDB)[9] and Aerodrome beacon.[10]

After a failed attempt in nineties, the local airport, which was upgraded to a civil airport, would soon operate domestic flights after a gap of nearly 20 years.[4]

Rameshwar Dass, president of the Hisar Goldsmith Association, said the air services would prove economical for the traders, as they had to go to Delhi. “I hope the Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Rajkot routes should be taken on priority”.[4]

Sampat Singh, Congress MLA from Nalwa segment in Hisar, said it would emerge as a transit route for traders, industrialists and other prospective passengers.[4]

People travelling to adjoining towns of Rajasthan like Pilani, Jhunjhunu, Bikaner and Punjab towns on Haryana borders will find it economical to board flights from here, he said.[4]

Development plan[edit]

In 2011, Government of Haryana invited Request for Qualification (RFQ) from commercial parties for setting up of the Integrated General Aviation hubs in Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode with flying training facilities at Hissar, Karnal and Bhiwani and Helicopter Hubs at Pinjore and Narnaul.[11] Expansion plans entail aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) and Fixed Based Operations (FBO).[12]

In August 2012, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation approved the Haryana state government's plan to develop the Hissar airport to operate domestic passenger services. Its 4,000 foot runway will be extended to 6,000 feet to accommodate turboprop aircraft like the ATR-72 and Boeing.[13]

On 31 July 2013, Haryana Chief Minister announced that Haryana Government has applied for expansion/setting up civilian domestic airports at Hisar, Karnal, Bhiwani, Pinjor and Narwana and out of which central government has granted in principal approval only for Hisar Domestic Airport and Karnal Domestic Airport, for which MoU will be signed soon and talks are on with Center government for setting up an additional cargo airport in the state.[14][15][16][17]

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Location[edit]

The airport is about 1 km from the Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology; 2 km from the Blue Bird Tourist Complex & Lake; 4 km from the bus station along the National Highway 10, 5 km from the town center & main market area; 6 km from the railway station; 167 km from the Delhi Airport; 180 km from the New Delhi Railway Station; and 235 km from the Chandigarh Airport.

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