Chief Minister of Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar inaugurated the newly constructed Hisar airport and flagged off its first flight from Chandigarh, on January 14, under the Regional Connectivity Scheme – Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (RCS-UDAN) of the Government of India. Senior officials from the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) & Airport Authority of India (AAI) also attended the inaugural ceremony.
The inauguration of Hisar airport marks the operationalisation of 54th airport under the UDAN scheme. As of yet, there are 307 routes and 54 airports including five heliports and two water aerodromes have been operationalised under the UDAN scheme.
The Government of Haryana’s Hisar airport is a public licensed airport that is suitable for 18 seat type aircraft. The development work of the airport was undertaken by the MoCA as it aligns with the dual objectives of the UDAN scheme; “letting the common citizen of the country fly” & make air travel affordable and widespread in the country.
Subsequently, the Centre had sanctioned Rs 28.60 crore for the development of the interim civil aviation operations. The land was handed over to the AAI for the up-gradation and development of the Hisar airport. The upgrade included the construction of the new terminal building, hangars, strengthening of the runway, installation of night-flying equipment, ATC, security equipment, and more at the Hisar airport.
This air connectivity will fulfil the aspirations of the people of Haryana and Chandigarh. Many people travel frequently between these two cities for personal as well as professional purposes. Hisar is the administrative headquarters of the Hisar district of Hisar division in Haryana. The place is India’s largest galvanized iron manufacturing city. The commencement of the flight operations on the route will provide impetus to the local economy & enhance the aerial connectivity of the region.
(With inputs from PIB)