Hindon Airport

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Hindon Airport
Hindon Airport.jpg
Summary
Airport typeCivil enclave
OperatorAirport Authority of India
ServesDelhi, Ghaziabad
LocationGhaziabad, Uttar Pradesh
Elevation AMSL700 ft / 213.4 m
Coordinates28°42′21″N 77°20′32″E / 28.7057898°N 77.3421373°E / 28.7057898; 77.3421373Coordinates: 28°42′21″N 77°20′32″E / 28.7057898°N 77.3421373°E / 28.7057898; 77.3421373
Map
Hindon Airport is located in Delhi
Hindon Airport
Hindon Airport
Hindon Airport is located in Uttar Pradesh
Hindon Airport
Hindon Airport
Hindon Airport is located in India
Hindon Airport
Hindon Airport
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
09/27 9,000 2,743 Concrete / Asphalt
Inauguration of the terminal on 8 March 2019 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Hindon Airport (IATA: HDX, ICAO: VIDX), also spelled as Hindan Airport is a civil enclave in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, operated by the Airports Authority of India at Hindan Air Force Station of the Indian Air Force.[1][2] It is the second commercial airport in the Delhi NCR after Indira Gandhi International Airport[3] The airport was primarily built to handle flights operating under the Government's regional connectivity scheme and hence reducing the burden of regional flights from Delhi's main airport. Air Heritage is the only carrier so far operating regional flights from the airport.

History[edit]

In 2017, the Ministry of Civil Aviation pre-emptively took up the idea of a civil enclave at Hindan with the IAF[4] because slot constraints at the Indira Gandhi International Airport prevented the operation of flights under the government's Regional Connectivity Scheme called UDAN.[5] The Hindan civil enclave would then become the second airport in the National Capital Region for flights operating under UDAN. Commercial flight operations from an airport within 150 kms of Delhi Airport were not allowed, according to an agreement signed between the government and Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL). Hence, the MoCA made a proposal, seeking clearance from DIAL for the temporary use of Hindan for flights awarded UDAN flights. DIAL approved the proposal in September 2017. When DIAL's on-going expansion of Delhi Airport is completed around September 2022,[6] all UDAN operations would revert to Delhi Airport.[5] The Indian Air Force permitted the Civil Aviation ministry to use the air base for civil operations in August 2017.[7] The Uttar Pradesh government gave its approval for the project in March 2018.[8] AAI began construction of the terminal in August 2018.[9] Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the passenger terminal built at cost of 40 Crores on 08 March 2019 just before model code of conduct.[10]

The operations from Hindan were expected to begin from 15 March. However, discussions on slot timings with the Indian Air Force regarding slots took longer than expected and the date for commencement of flight operations was pushed back to the first half of October 2019.[11] The first commercial flight from the Hindon took off on 11 October 2019. A Beechcraft King Air, operated by Heritage Aviation under the UDAN scheme, took off for Pithoragarh Airport with nine passengers on board.[12] In May 2019, it was reported that the state government and AAI were considering making the airport permanent.[13]

Structure[edit]

The enclave has been built on 7.5 acres at Sikandarpur village in Sahibabad, adjacent the airbase.[14] The terminal building is a pre-engineered, air-conditioned structure with eight check-in counters. The terminal covers an area of 5,425 square metres and has a capacity of serving 300 passengers an hour. The Car park can accommodate 90 cars.[15] Air traffic control will be provided by the Indian Air Force.[16][17] The terminal has been developed by AAI while the Uttar Pradesh government has built the connecting roads and provides electricity for the project.[9]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Air HeritagePithoragarh (uses code IDX)
Star Air Hubli (uses code VDX)[18]

Access[edit]

The closest metro station is Dilsahd Garden Metro station and take the Delhi Shalimar Garden road to reach the airport.

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://m.timesofindia.com/business/india-business/hindon-airport-in-ghaziabad-likely-be-operational-for-udan-flights-by-march/articleshow/67760287.cms
  2. ^ "Regional flights to 4 cities including Kannur and Hubli from Hindan airbase expected by October end". Hindustan Times. 5 July 2018. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Delhi's second airport to operate first flight from tomorrow". livemint. 10 October 2019. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  4. ^ "'Hindon airbase to be used as second airport for RCS in Delhi'". Business Standard. 30 August 2017. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  5. ^ a b "DIAL gives nod to use of Hindon airbase for RCS flights". The Times of India. 22 September 2017. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  6. ^ "You could board a flight from Gzb in Jan '19 - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Air Force: Can open up Hindan for flights under regional scheme". The Hindu Business Line. 30 August 2017. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Ghaziabad: Govt approves plan to operate regional flights from Hindan airbase". Hindustan Times. 7 March 2018. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Airport authority starts work on terminal facilities at Hindon airbase". Hindustan Times. 21 August 2017. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  10. ^ https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/airlines-/-aviation/pm-narendra-modi-inaugurates-civil-enclave-at-hindon-airport/articleshow/68322539.cms
  11. ^ "Commercial Flights From Hindon Base Likely From Early October: Officials". NDTV. 30 August 2017. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  12. ^ "Delhi's second airport begins operations". The Times of India. 11 October 2019. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  13. ^ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ghaziabad/temporary-hindon-civilian-airport-to-turn-permanent/articleshow/69225491.cms
  14. ^ "Land identified for civilian flights from Hindan IAF base in Ghaziabad". The Times of India. 29 November 2017. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  15. ^ "Hindon Airport begins operation". Financial Express. 11 October 2019. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  16. ^ https://www.livemint.com/Industry/aXAaWrBbp4I8BrH9Wa5uNL/Delhi-to-get-second-airport-at-Hindon-by-February-next-year.html
  17. ^ "You could board a flight from Gzb in Jan '19 - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  18. ^ "Star Air India to commence Hubballi-Hindon service in Nov-2019". CAPA. Retrieved 8 October 2019.