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Hindon Air Force base to now handle private jets along with civilian flights

The Airports Authority of India (AAI), which is building the civil terminal at the Hindon Air Force base in Ghaziabad, plans to shift operations of private jets along with the cheap flights operated under the regional connectivity scheme (RCS).

The plan entails shifting non-RCS flights whose carrying capacity is less than 80 seats to the Hindon air base once the new terminal for civil operations comes up, according to a report in Times of India.

The Hindon airbase is presently not availbale for any non-schedule operations.

The Uttar Pradesh government had signed a memorandum of association (MoA) with the AAI for developing infrastructure for operating civilian flights under the RCS scheme.

The operatin of chartered flights and business jets will be shifted to the IGI airport once the expansion at Terminal 1 is completed, said AAI chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra.

“Hindon is an interim measure. By 2022-end, IGIA would have been expanded. A year or two from then, Jewar’s first phase should be operational. We just need to find a way to somehow pass the crunch time for the next four years,” the report quoted an official as saying.

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