NEW DELHI: The capital’s second airport, the Hindon, is ready for commercial flight operations, which starts Friday. The first flight from Hindon will be operated by Heritage Aviation company’s 9-seater plane which will fly a short distance – to Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh. The airport will also operate flights to Dehradun, Shimla, Gulbarga, Hubli, Faizabad, Nasik and Coonoor, airport officials said.
The new airport is some 40km away from the Indira Gandhi International Airport. The airport is currently in the hands of Indian Air Force. The Airports Authority of India developed the airfield within this. Private flights are now allowed under the Union Government’s UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) scheme to develop smaller airports across the country.
It was in March last year that Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurate the new civil enclave at Hindon. The idea is to reduce congestion at the New Delhi International airport. –IHN-NN
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