|Owner||Civil Aviation Department, Haryana|
|Operator||Haryana Institute of Civil Aviation|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+05:30)|
|Elevation AMSL||213 m / 700 ft|
Hisar Airport (IATA: HSS, ICAO: VIHR) is a current-public domestic and proposed-international airport, MRO, and aero manufacturing industrial zone spread across 4,194 acres (1,697 ha), serving the National Capital Region Counter Magnet City (NCRCMS) of Hisar in Haryana state of India. Located 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) north-east of the city center, it is 165 kilometres (103 mi) from Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi and 280 kilometres (170 mi) from the capital's Chandigarh International Airport
In Hisar city itself, the airport is about 1 km from the Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology; 2 km from the Blue Bird Lake; 4 km from the bus station along the National Highway 9, 5 km from the town center and main market area around Firoz Shah Palace Complex, 6 km from the Hisar Junction railway station, 7 km from Mahabir Stadium, 11 km from Hisar Military Station, 11 km from Amardeep colony, 27 km from Kanwari.
In 1965, Hisar airfield, spread over 194 acres (79 ha), was built for the Hisar Aviation Club. In 1999, Hisar Aviation Club was merged with Haryana Institute of Civil Aviation (HICA). The airport is managed by HICA, which provides flight training using light aircraft.
In 1970-71, a privately managed air service was introduced from Delhi-Patiala-Hisar and Delhi which was terminated after a period of about 6 months due to being financially unviable.
Integrated aerocity and industrial hub
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In 2011, the Government of Haryana invited Request for Qualification (RFQ) from commercial parties for the setting up of Integrated General Aviation hubs as public–private partnerships; with Hisar to be one of the airports to have a hub. Expansion plans entail aircraft maintenance and Fixed Based Operator facilities.
In August 2012, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation approved a state government plan to develop the airport to allow domestic airline services. Its 4,000 feet (1,219 m) runway will be extended to 6,000 feet (1,829 m), to accommodate turboprop aircraft such as the ATR 72 and jets such as the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320. The airport's night flying equipment was also upgraded in 2012.
In December 2014, the newly elected Bharatiya Janata Party government said that, to reduce the air traffic congestion at Delhi, the Government of India had already commissioned a survey for upgrading Hisar airport (170 kilometres (110 mi) from Delhi) into an International airport; as Hisar is also a Counter Magnet City within the National Capital Region and the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Project (DMIC).
In July 2016, the Chief Minister and Defence Minister announced the commencement of the preparations to start the army airport and army air craft MRO (Maintenance, repair, and operations) at Hisar airport. In August 2016, Army Aviation Corps had requested 40 acres (16 ha) land at Pinjore Airport for the repair of HAL Dhruv, HAL Rudra, HAL Light Combat Helicopter, HAL Light Utility Helicopter, Cheetah and Aérospatiale Alouette III manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Haryana government offered the land at Hisar airport instead, which is very close to Hisar Military Station.
In 2016-17 budget, the Government of Haryana approved INR ₹500 million (equivalent to ₹510 million, US$7.1 million or €6.1 million in 2017) to develop Hisar airport into an international airport with passenger and cargo operations and 4,000 acres (1,600 ha) components manufacturing complex, MRO (Maintenance, repair, and operations) and Fixed-base Operations (FBO) integrated international aviation hub and aerospace industrial park to be developed by the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (HSIIDC). A French consultant has been already appointed by the Civil Aviation Department, Haryana and in Phase-I, this amount will be spent on the expansion of the runway from 4,000 feet (1,219 m) to 7,000 feet (2,134 m) and renovation of the terminal buildings at a cost of INR 50 crore (₹500 million (equivalent to ₹510 million, US$7.1 million or €6.1 million in 2017)), for which The National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra has already carried out the soil testing. In 2016, a French consultant was granted a ₹80 million (US$1.1 million or €950,000) to project to install runway lights for the night landing operation.
In March 2017, in an affidavit submitted to Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Government of Haryana affirmed that the state government has pledged to the Government of India that the land at Hisar airport will be provided free of cost and free from all encumbrances, along with multi-model road-rail-metro hinterland connectivity and all other related infrastructure and assistance proposed under the Regional Connectivity Scheme called UDAN. State government has paid INR 84.41 lakhs to Airports Authority of India (AAI) to study current runway’s structural strength and surface friction. Upon payment of INR ₹8.441 million (US$120,000 or €100,000) to by the State government to Airports Authority of India (AAI) is conducting the study on current runway’s structural strength and surface friction. In April 2017, Chief Minister of Haryana informed that the Government of India had not yet approved Haryana government's proposal to convert Hisar airport to an International airport. In the meanwhile, Haryana government is independently and actively pursuing with the private and public sector companies to set up their base in the Hisar integrated aviation industrial park, while strengthening of the current airport is undertaken for the inclusion in the yet-to-be decided future rounds of UDAN regional connectivity scheme (RCS) of the central government.
On 21 June 2017, the ownership of 4,000 acres (1,600 ha) additional land was also transferred to the Civil Aviation Department, Haryana for the development of integrated international aviation & MRO hub and aerospace industrial park. In September 2017, Government of Haryana announced that they have completed the land survey and were in the process of transferring an additional 3,000 acres (1,200 ha) excess land of Government Livestock Farm, Hisar and Hisar Police Lines to Airport Authority of India. This land around Talwani Rana Minor Canal lies between Hisar-Barwala-Chandigarh NH 52, Delhi-Hisar-Sirsa NH 9 and newly constructed alignment of Hisar Northern bypass. This land will be used for developing the commercial, industrial and hospitality zone of integrated aerocity. The main gate of the airport will be relocated to Hisar-Barwala-Chandigarh NH 52.
In May 2017, the Taj International Airport, at Jewar (56 kilometres (35 mi) from Noida) in Gautam Budh Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh, was granted approval by the union government cabinet as the second airport for the NCR, to be built by 2022-23 with a capacity to handle 30-50 million passengers per year. This led to the protest from the politicians of Harayana for ignoring Hisar airport for the development. In July 2017, the Union Chief Secretary for Aviation warned Uttar Pradesh government to expedite the planning process as Hisar Airport was also pushing for its competing union cabinet approval for another airport for the NCR, thus prolonging the return on investment for both airports due to still-feasible-but-diluted viability for both.
In fy 2017-18, Government of Haryana approved INR ₹750 million (US$10 million or €8.9 million) to further expand the airport. Earlier Haryana government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the union government of India to provide sops to airlines under the UDAN Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS). In August 2017, Government of Haryana announced to grant additional sops, above and beyond those granted under UDAN RCS scheme and MoU, to entice the airlines to include Hisar in the next round of UDAN RCS scheduled domestic flights. These benefits include aircraft parking and landing charges rationalised on the pattern of Airports Authority of India, Union government provides Viability Gap Funding (VGF) for the 50% of the seat and Haryana Government will also provide VGF on the remaining 50% cent RCS seats with assumption of 9 seats on 18 to 20 seater aircraft with three departures in a week, class-II and above employees of the Haryana state government will be entitled to avail the RCS flights originating from Haryana for officials purposes and Leave Travel Concession. On 3 September 2017, A press release from the Government of Haryana stated that in addition to these benefits, during the phase-I the existing Hisar airport would be upgraded and developed as a domestic airport under the scheme. In phase-II the existing airstrip of 4,000 feet would be extended to 9,000 feet with the facilities of night landing and state-of-the-art navigational aids to facilitate the airlines and operators for fixed based operations, maintenance repair and overhaul, night landing and parking of aircraft within a period of next 18 to 24 months by the end of financial year 2018-19 (March 2019). In the final phase, an Aerotropolis comprising an international airport along with aerospace and defence manufacturing facility and commercial as well as residential areas would be developed, the release added.
The airport will be ready for the UDAN RCS domestic regional connectivity schuedled flight operations by July 2018 and a separate MoU was signed on 11 December 2017 with the AAI for technical assistance in creating the infrastructure and related facilities to develop the airport as an international aviation hub with the integrated aerospace and defence industries township (c. 17 January 2018, as per Haryana Civil Aviation Minister, Rao Narbir Singh). Existing four-lane Hisar-Delhi national highway will be converted to six-lane barrier free access controlled expressway to enhance its connectivity with Delhi.
Since brownfield airports require no site clearance and less number of clearances, once developed as an international airport by the state govt it will only requires permission to start international flights from the centre, the proposal to develop it as greenfield airport requiring excessive approvals was withdrawn. It is now instead being upgraded by the state govt, with technical collaboration with centre govt, as brownfield international airport and it will be ready for the domestic UDAN flights by July 2018 (c. 18 Jan 2018 update). On 28th Feb 2018, Civil Aviation minister announced that Hissar will become India's largest international airport, feasibility report of which has been completed and AAI will submit to Minister of Civil Aviation for continuing the work which will be finished soon. Earlier Frost and Sullivan had completed a feasibility study in 2016 for the development of an integrated aviation hub including an international airport, an Expression of Interest was invited in February 2017, and 4200 acres contiguous to the existing airstrip was transferred in June 2017.
While presenting fy2018-19 budget on 9th March 2018, Captain Abhimanyu, Finance Minister of Haryana, allocated a budget of INR201 crore (2.1 billion) in the financial year and announced that the airport will be developed in 3 phases:
- Phase-I: airport is being upgraded [new terminal and hangers have been already completed] for UDAN regional connectivity scheme in 6 to 8 months [from December 2017, by July 2018],
- Phase-II: the runway will be extended from 4,000 feet to 9,000 feet for MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhauling) and sub-basing parking hub operations of airlines, Small scale MRO, Fixed base operations, Defence Manufacturing and Defence MRO,
- Phase-III: a DPR (detailed project report) study is underway and after the completion of which bids will be invited for developing an International Aviation Hub [within 18 months] with Aerospace Manufacturing, Aviation Training Centre and Aviation University, International Airport and Commercial and Residential Aeotropolis.
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