The Prime Minister of India, Sh. Narendra Modi, unveiled the plaque to mark the inauguration of Civil Terminal at Hindon. The civil enclave at Hindon Air Force station was first announced by the then secretary of Civil Aviation Mr. R.N. Choubin August 2017 to accommodate the flights under Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) – UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik).
This will make Delhi the first city in the country to have two functional airports. Hindon is likely to be closed for civil operations when Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi completes its up-gradation which will increase the capacity and accommodate the movements from Hindon or when Jewar Airport is ready for operations.
Airports Authority of India (AAI) has built a small terminal to facilitate passenger handling and has a capacity of 300 passengers per hour.
Under the UDAN scheme – domestic market leader IndiGo has won routes to fly to Kannur and Nashik from Hindon, while StarAir – the Bengaluru based start-up with E-145 aircraft has won routes to Hubli, Jamnagar and Kalaburagi. Air Heritage has won routes to Pithoragarh and Shimla from Hindon.
Initially the plan was to have sub 80 seater planes to operate from Hindon. However, IndiGo has won bids for both its routes which will be operated by A320 aircraft and it will have to be seen how the airline starts operations.