The Indian Air Force has allowed its Hindon base to be used for flights to tier-2 and tier-3 cities under the government’s Regional Connectivity Scheme, civil aviation sSecretary RN Choubey said.
“This is being done to overcome slot constraints at the Indira Gandhi International Airport,” Mr Choubey added. The civilian operations from the Indian Air Force air base in Ghaziabad, is likely to start during the winter schedule, which comes into effect from the last Sunday of October. The government is in talks with airport operator Delhi International Airport Limited on reworking a rule which disallows two airports within a radius of 150km.
The government’s regional connectivity scheme also known as UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) aims at making flying affordable for the masses by capping airfares on selected short routes — such as from Delhi to Shimla — at Rs. 2500 per hour of flight.