There is some good news for air travellers in and around New Delhi!
Airports Authority Of India (AAI) has allowed commercial airplanes to operate at the Hindon Air Force Base in Ghaziabad from January 2019.
AAI has not only finalised plans for the Rs 45 crore civil terminal at the air force base but has also subsidised the regional flights that will operate from Hindon. They have put a cap of Rs 2500 per hour on the airfare.
All regional aircraft (seating capacity is less than 80) which operate from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport(IGIA) will be shifted to the new terminal in Hindon, to free up the slots for regular flights.
Flights under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) & small private jets will operate from Hindon until the expansion of IGIA which is supposed to be completed by September 2022.
Here are all details about the new airport terminal at Hindon Air Force base:
- The terminal is spread across 3500 square meters.
- It will have the capacity to handle 300 passengers and 150 arrivals /departure flights per hour.
- The terminal will have all modern facilities like a huge check-in area, security-hold area, baggage handling system and commercial shops.
Altogether AAI will be 42,069 square meters of land will be taken on lease for the development of the airport.
As of now, major airlines such as IndiGo, SpiceJet, Jet and Air India operate RCS flights and will operate from Hindon as well.
It has not been easy for AAI to make this a success. There were a lot of issues with the farmer unions for acquiring the land to build the terminal facilities.
After many months of negotiations with the unions, AAI has finally come to an agreement on their terms and the project has started in full flow.