Karnal Airport

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Karnal Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerCivil Aviation Department, Haryana
OperatorHaryana Institute of Civil Aviation
LocationKarnal, Haryana
Time zoneIST (UTC+05:30)
Elevation AMSL253.51 m / 829 ft
Coordinates29°42′51″N 77°02′15″E / 29.71417°N 77.03750°E / 29.71417; 77.03750Coordinates: 29°42′51″N 77°02′15″E / 29.71417°N 77.03750°E / 29.71417; 77.03750
VI40 is located in Haryana
Location of airport in India
VI40 is located in India
VI40 (India)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
13/31 917 3,000 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Hub for the number of airlines0
Number of scheduled airlines flying in0
Number of Airplanes2
Number of scheduled weekly flights0
Number of scheduled flight passengers0
Number of runways1
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Karnal Airport, (ICAO: VI40), the home of "Karnal Aviation Club" ("Karnal Flying Club"), is an airstrip situated about 3 km east of Karnal in the state of Haryana, India. It is being used for General Aviation and Pilot Training. There are no scheduled commercial flight operations. To upgrade this airport to domestic airport under UDAN scheme, provision of INR20 crore each was made in 2017-18 and 2018-19.[2]


In 1948, first airstrip was built in Haryana when Ambala Air Force Station was established. In 1967, Karnal Air Strip was set up.[3]

The Karnal Flying Club has been running at this airfield since 1967 year .[4]

In 2012, The (DGCA) approved the Haryana state government's plans to develop the Airport to operate Domestic Passenger Services in August 2013. Karnal Aerodrome small runway, just 3,000-feet-long and 150-feet-wide, will be extended to 4,500 feet in the first phase and then up to 6,000 feet to accommodate ATR Turboprops and jets. Installation of Runway lighting was taken up by the State Public Works Department after the DGCA gave approval for night flying in July 2012.[4]

In 2014 July, a Right to Information (RTI) revealed that Directorate General of Civil Aviation (India) (DGCA) never received any formal proposal from then Congress Government of Haryana and there are no current formal projects to upgrade this airport.[5]


As of July 21, 2019, airport has an administration block, one hangers, a VIP lounge, hostel and 2 residential quarters for the officers. HICA at Karnal also has two flight simulator, one IPT-ATC 710 single engine and another Elite S712 single- & multi-engine Simulator. The airport has day- and DGCA-approved night-landing facilities.

Karnal Aviation Club[edit]

Government of Haryana's Karnal Aviation Club of Haryana Institute of Civil Aviation offers flying training and preparation courses to the Student pilot license, Glider pilot license. private pilot licence (PPL), commercial pilot licence (CPL), FLight radiotelephone operator license, Flight instructor Instrument rating and apprentice internship for all BE/BTech. The CPL costs INR 22,00,000 requiring a minimum of 200 hours' flying experience. The Government of Haryana provides training subsidies to natives Haryana, who must apply for it using a Haryana Domicile Certificate.[6][7]

Future development[edit]

Captain Abhimanyu, Finance Minister of Haryana, while presenting the Government of Haryana 2018-19 budget in March 2018 announced that the funds have been allocated to extend the existing 3000 feet runway to 5000 feet and parking hangar for the spillover aircraft from IGI Delhi airport will be constructed.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b World Airport Codes.
  2. ^ Haryana Samvad, Oct 2018.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 May 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ a b "Three airports ready to take off in Haryana". Times of India. 29 August 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
  5. ^ RTI query nails Haryana's claims about airports at Karnal, Hisar - by Ajay Sura, Time of India News Service, Published on: 20 June 2014
  6. ^ Student Prospectus and Application Form Archived 28 September 2014 at the Wayback Machine, Haryana Institute of Aviation.
  7. ^ Haryana flies mostly on paper, The Tribune, 3 July 2016.
  8. ^ haryana budgest 2018-19, Times of India, 9 March 2018.