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Delhi’s second airport to operate first flight from today

The wait for Delhi’s second airport is finally over. Hindon airport is ready for the first commercial flight from today, 11th October. The first flight from Hindon will be by Heritage Aviation company’s nine-seater plane which will take off for Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh district.

The CEO of Heritage Aviation Private Ltd, Rohit Mathur told ANI that after the first flight to Pithoragarh the company plans to launch flights for Dehradun, Hubli, Shimla and other popular tourist destinations.

“A 9-seater aircraft of our company will take the first flight for Pithoragarh from the Hindon airport on October 11, the price has for one seat in the aircraft has been kept at 2.5 thousand by us. After this we are planning to launch flights for Dehradun, Hubli, Shimla, Faizabad, Gulbarga, Nasik and Coonoor among other popular destinations,” Mathur said.

“We have made all arrangements for the security of Hindon Airport. 55 policemen who have received special training will be deployed at the airport to ensuring that there is no inconvenience to passengers on the first flight from the airport on October 11,” District Collector Ajay Shankar Pandey told ANI.

Reducing the load at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, Hindon will serve as the ‘second’ airport. The air force station is located close to Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.

Hindon airport, which is around 40 kms from the IGI Airport in Delhi, belongs to the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the AAI has developed a civil enclave inside it. The Indian Air Force permitted use of the airbase for civilian flights under regional air connectivity scheme UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik). UDAN seeks to connect unserved and underserved airports as well as make flying more affordable. On 8 March 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated the new civil enclave at Hindon airport.

Source: This news was first published on www.livemint.com

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