After an eight-month-long wait, the first commercial flight from the Hindon civil airport started from today, 11th October. According to a PTI report, a private aircraft with nine passengers on board took off from Pithoragarh's Naini-Saini airport at 11.30 am. The one-hour flight will depart daily from Pithoragarh, Heritage Aviation Manager MS Dhami said. The one coming from Hindon will take off every day at 1 pm and arrive at Naini-Saini airport at 2 pm, Dhami said. The fare from Pithoragarh to Hindon per passenger is ₹2,470 while the return flight will cost ₹2,270, he said. It is being seen as a boost to air connectivity between the border district and the NCR.
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 other popular tourist destinations. The Hindon airport had been inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 8, since then there had been many assumptions about the first flight from it.
The starting of first commercial flight service from Hindon will greatly reduce the burden on the New Delhi airport and will also enable passengers from the western Uttar Pradesh region to save time.
Hindon Airport will reduce the burden on Delhi's IGI Airport
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.
Distance of Hindon Airport from Delhi IGI Airport
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.
Other destinations that Hindon Airport will cater to
According to CEO of Heritage Aviation Private Ltd, Rohit Mathur after this the company plans to start flights for Dehradun, Hubli, Shimla, Faizabad, Gulbarga, Nasik and Coonoor among other popular destinations.
-With inputs from Agencies