|IATA: ISK – ICAO: VAOZ|
|Airport type||Public / Military|
|Owner||Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)|
|Serves||Nashik, Maharashtra, India|
|Elevation AMSL||579 m / 1,900 ft|
Maharashtra in India
|Sources: GCM, STV|
Ozar Airport (IATA: ISK, ICAO: VAOZ) is located at Ozar, 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) northeast of the city of Nashik, Maharashtra, India. It is owned by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, which uses the airport primarily to develop, test and build aircraft for the Indian Armed Forces. It is home to a maintenance station of the Indian Air Force and also supports wide body commercial cargo services. A new passenger terminal was inaugurated on March 3, 2014.
The airfield was built in 1964, when the Aircraft Division, Nashik, commenced licence manufacture of the MiG-21FL. Other aircraft built here include MiG-21M, MiG-21 BIS, MiG-27 M, Su 30 MKI aircraft. Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) announced the launch of commercial air cargo operations from Ozar airport on 20 September 2011. The cargo services is being managed by HALCON, a joint working group between HAL, state-run Container Corporation (Concor) and Clarion Solutions. The airport is capable of handling large aircraft like the Antonov AN-124s after having creating additional parking space and medical facilities. Clarion Solutions will be the cargo terminal operator. HAL has applied for DGCA permission to seek flight diversions from the Mumbai airport, which are now being handled at the Ahmedabad airport.
In 2011, HAL signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Maharashtra for a Rs 40 crore upgrade of Ozar airport. The State government will pay Rs 74 crore of the terminal project cost of Rs 84 crore and HAL will fund the remaining Rs 10 crore.
Ojhar Air Force Station
11 Base Repair Depot, one of the eight base repair depots of the Indian Air Force under overall control and supervision of the Maintenance Command, Nagpur is based at Ozar. It was established in 1975 and is an ISO 9001:2000 certified maintenance facility. It conducts overhaul programmes for the IAF's MiG-23s and MiG-29s.
The new terminal building, spread over 22 acres with 8,267 sq metre built-up area can accommodate 300 passengers. The adjoining apron can handle up to six aircraft. The bhoomipujan (Groundbreaking) ceremony of the terminal was performed by PWD Minister and Guardian Minister Chhagan Bhujbal on 2 January 2012 and the terminal was inaugurated on 3 March 2014 by the then Union minister for the Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Praful Patel.</ref name="TOI1"/>
- Airport information for VAOZ at Great Circle Mapper.
- Airport information for Ozar Airport at Search (for) Travel website.
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