‘Hindon – Delhi’s second airport – starts operations under Regional Connectivity Scheme-UDAN’
Planning for decongesting Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport had been going on for long. Considering increasing footfall at IGI Airport, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) undertook the project for starting commercial flight operations from Hindon Airport. The objective was to take the load off the IGI Airport and serve passengers from Uttar Pradesh and Delhi-NCR.
AAI, under the UDAN scheme, aims to make air travel to India’s Tier-II and Tier-III cities affordable to the common man. The idea is to put smaller cities and remote regions on the aviation map, by getting domestic airlines to ply more regional routes. With the operations of Hindon Airport, under the UDAN scheme, flyers will be able to fly at affordable rates to eight destinations across the country.
The first flight
The Civil Air Terminal at Hindon Airport witnessed the commencement of commercial flight operations on October, 11, 2019. Air Heritage’s flight 4H-104 from Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand to Hindon and 4H-105 from Hindon to Pithoragarh started its operations.
The occasion was graced by Sh. Trivendra Singh Rawat, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, General V. K. Singh (Retd.), Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Sh. Ajay Tamta, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Almora and Sh. Atul Garg, Hon’ble Minister of State for Health, Government of Uttar Pradesh, and senior officials from AAI.
A Terminal Building has been constructed at the airport on an area of 5425 sqm with eight check-in counters and will be able to handle 300 passengers per hour. With the operations commencing from Hindon, AAI has taken a step forward to providing people with better and affordable flying experience. Flight operations from Hindon Airport will be very beneficial for the travellers of Delhi-NCR and also help create job opportunities for the local population.