Hindon Civil Airport in Ghaziabad became operational with the first commercial flight taking off for Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand. Located around 40km from Delhi’s IGI Airport, the airport is adjacent to IAF’s Hindon airbase and was inaugurated in March 2019.
“Flight connectivity from Hindon airport (Ghaziabad) to Hubballi Airport (Karnataka) to begin from 6th November. First commercial flight, by a private airline Air Heritage, from Hindon civil airport will take off on Oct 11, for Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh,” Hindon Airport director Shobha Bhardwaj told ANI.
The airforce station, which is located close to Ghaziabad, in Uttar Pradesh, is touted to reduce the passenger load at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport. The Hindon airport, which is located at a distance of about 40 km from IGI airport, belongs to the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the AAI has developed a civil enclave in the complex. IAF permitted the use of the airbase for civilian flights under regional air connectivity scheme UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) which aims to make flying more affordable for people.