DELHI: Come December and the Hindon air force station in Ghaziabad will become the second airport for Delhi as all flights operating on Delhi routes under the government’s regional connectivity scheme (RCS) will land and depart from the air force station.
Sources in the civil aviation ministry said that Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) has accepted the government’s request for the same on the condition that this would be a temporary arrangement, reports The New Indian Express.
The decision has been taken in view of the fact that the Indira Gandhi International airport is already congested and major expansion work is being carried out there. Sources added that the ministry is soon going to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Delhi airport and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for the purpose and once the MoU is done, the AAI will develop passenger facilities at Hindon air base, which is less than 150 km from Delhi.
A senior ministry official, who did not wish to be named, said, “We have almost finalised an MoU between DIAL, MOCA and AAI as DIAL has agreed to our proposal of using Hindon air base as a back up for Delhi.” The MoU is likely to be signed before November 5, when the ministry is going to announce new routes under its RCS Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN).
In August, the ministry had requested DIAL to allow Hindon to host regional flights but DAIL had some reservations about the proposal.
According to the agreement between the Central government and private concessionaire when Delhi airport was privatised, commercial flights are not allowed to operate from any airport within a 150-km radius of the Delhi airport without the permission of DIAL.