Hisar Airport

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Hisar Airport
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerCivil Aviation Department, Haryana
OperatorHaryana Institute of Civil Aviation
LocationHisar
Opened1965
Hub for
Time zoneIST (UTC+05:30)
Elevation AMSL213 m / 700 ft
Coordinates29°10′45″N 075°45′19″E / 29.17917°N 75.75528°E / 29.17917; 75.75528Coordinates: 29°10′45″N 075°45′19″E / 29.17917°N 75.75528°E / 29.17917; 75.75528
Websitewww.haraviation.gov.in
Map
HSS is located in Haryana
HSS
HSS
Location of airport in India
HSS is located in India
HSS
HSS
HSS (India)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12/30 1,219 4,000 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Hub for the number of airlines0
Number of scheduled airlines flying in0
Number of Airplanes2
Number of scheduled weekly flights0
Number of scheduled flight passengers0
Number of runways1
Email: caviation@hry.nic.in

Hisar Airport (IATA: HSS, ICAO: VIHR) is a current-public domestic and proposed-international airport, MRO, and aero manufacturing industrial zone spread across 4,194 acres (1,697 ha), serving the National Capital Region Counter Magnet City (NCRCMS) of Hisar in Haryana state of India.[2] Located 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) north-east of the city center, it is 165 kilometres (103 mi) from Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi and 280 kilometres (170 mi) from the capital's Chandigarh International Airport. To develop this into an international airport the provision of INR 50 crore in 2016-17, INR 50 crore in 2017-18 and INR 120 crore in 2018-19 were made by the Haryana govt.[3]

Geography[edit]

Location[edit]

Hisar is a Counter Magnet City within the National Capital Region inside the influence zone of Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Project (DMIC).[4] The main gate of the airport will be relocated to Hisar-Barwala-Chandigarh NH 52.[5]

In Hisar city itself, the airport is about 4 km from the bus station along the National Highway 9, 5 km from the city center and 6 km from the Hisar Junction railway station.

Surface connectivity[edit]

Hisar Airport rail line: Existing Hisar-Jakhal line will be extended to Hisar airport as integrated transport hub, DPR will be ready soon (dec 2018 update).[6][7]

Airport lies on Delhi bypass in Hisar city on NH 9 Abohar-Delhi route, which is being upgraded from the four-lane to six-lane barrier free access controlled expressway to enhance its connectivity with Delhi.[2] The NH 52 Chandigarh-Rajgarh-Jaipur also passes next to the airport.

Land[edit]

The airport is being developed on more than 7,200 acres (2,900 ha) land. In June 2017, the 4,200 acres (1,700 ha) Beed Hisar land contiguous to the existing airstrip was transferred to the airport in June 2017.[8] In December 2018, government also initiated the process to transfer additional 3,000 acres (1,200 ha) adjacent land of Government Livestock Farm in the Talwandi Rana village to be used for developing the commercial, industrial and hospitality zone of integrated aerocity, which will bring the total land for the development of aerocity to 7,200 acres.[7][5] This 3000 acre land around Talwandi Rana Minor Canal lies between Hisar-Barwala-Chandigarh NH 52, Delhi-Hisar-Sirsa NH 9 and Hisar Northern bypass.[5]

History[edit]

In 1948, first airstrip was built in Haryana when Ambala Air Force Station was established.[9] In 1965, Hisar airfield, spread over 194 acres (79 ha), was built for the Hisar Aviation Club.[9]

In 1970-71, a privately managed air service was introduced from Delhi-Patiala-Hisar and Delhi which was terminated after a period of about 6 months due to being financially unviable.[10]

In 1999, Hisar Aviation Club was merged with Haryana Institute of Civil Aviation (HICA). The airport is managed by HICA, which provides flight training using light aircraft.[9] In 2002, the Delhi Flying Club (DFC) shifted all its flying activities and aircraft to Hisar from Safdarjung Airport in Delhi.[11]

Integrated aerocity and industrial hub[edit]

Development phases and current status[edit]

The brownfield (existing) airports require fewer overall clearances with no need for the site clearance for the upgrade from domestic to international airports. Once upgraded to an international airport by the Government of Haryana, Hisar airport will only requires permission to start international flights from the centre. Hence, the earlier proposal sent to the centre for developing it as greenfield international airport, requiring excessive approvals, was withdrawn. It is now being upgraded by the state govt, in technical collaboration with the centre govt, as brownfield international airport.[12] In 2016, Frost and Sullivan completed a feasibility study for the development of an integrated aviation hub including an international airport in 3 phases.[8]

Phase-I: UDAN domestic airport[edit]

The airport has been upgraded for the UDAN domestic flights with technical collaboration with AAI,[2] which was mostly completed by December 2018,[8] The upgrade included new terminal building, 3 hangers, strengthening of runway, installation of night flying equipments, perimeter flood lights, security equipments and arrangements, widening of approach road to four lanes, etc.,[8][13][14] with a cumulative total of more than 3 billion (US$43 million or €39 million) allocation from the Haryana government during the 2016–17, 2017–18 and 2018–19 state budgets.[15][16][17][8][13][18]

Phase-II: MRO aerocity hub[edit]

The runway will be extended from 4,000 feet (1,219 m) to 6,000 feet (1,829 m) to accommodate turboprop aircraft (such as the ATR 72) and jets (such as the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320),[19] for sub-basing parking hub operations of airlines, Maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) and defence manufacturing.[8][13][20][21]

Phase-III: International airport[edit]

On 28th Feb 2018, Civil Aviation minister announced that Hisar will become India's largest international airport, feasibility report of which has been completed, and AAI will submit the proposal for the further work to the Ministry of Civil Aviation.[22] A DPR (detailed project report) by AAI is underway and after the completion of which bids will be invited within 18 months [within 2019] for developing an International Aviation Hub with Aerospace Manufacturing, Aviation Training Centre and Aviation University, International Airport and Commercial and Residential Aerotropolis.[8][13]

In April 2017, Chief Minister of Haryana informed that the Government of India had not yet approved Haryana government's proposal to convert Hisar airport to an International airport. In the meanwhile, Haryana government is independently and actively pursuing with the private and public sector companies to set up their base in the Hisar integrated aviation industrial park.[23][24] In May 2017, the Taj International Airport, at Jewar (56 kilometres (35 mi) from Noida) in Gautam Budh Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh, was granted approval by the union government cabinet as the second airport for the NCR, to be built by 2022-23 with a capacity to handle 30-50 million passengers per year. This led to the protest from the politicians of Haryana for ignoring Hisar airport for the development.[25][26][27]

The runway extension will be completed by around March 2019.[28]

Naming campaign[edit]

Students in Hisar have been running a campaign to collect and submit 1,11,000 signatures supporting the plea to the Prime Minister of India to name the airport after Shaheed Bhagat Singh Sandhu.[29]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Pinnacle airline won the bid to fly Delhi-Hisar-Chandigarh-Hisar-Delhi scheduled route under UDAN II but it is yet to commence the route due to non-availability of the 19-seater aircraft it has ordered.[30] To entice the airlines to include Hisar in UDAN RCS, the Government of Haryana granted additional sops above and beyond those granted under UDAN RCS scheme and MoU.[31][32] These benefits included aircraft parking and landing charges rationalised on the pattern of Airports Authority of India, Union government provides Viability Gap Funding (VGF) for the 50% of the seat and Haryana Government will also provide VGF on the remaining 50% cent RCS seats with assumption of 9 seats on 18 to 20 seater aircraft with three departures in a week, class-II and above, employees of the Haryana state government will be entitled to avail the RCS flights originating from Haryana for officials purposes and Leave Travel Concession.[28]

In addition, Haryana government had invited tenders on August 2018 for the regular non-scheduled flights in 9-sater or 19-seater aeroplanes to popular tourist destinations such as Jammu, Shimla and Jaipur with additional sops to the private operators. The tender has been reissued as initial bid attracted no response and tender is likely to be awarded in January 2019.[7]

AirlinesDestinationsReferences
Pinnacle Air Chandigarh, Delhi (both begin TBA) .[30]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Name *. "World Airport Codes". World Airport Codes. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Aviation hub at Hisar to boost connectivity, help region’s economy, The Statesman, 17 January 2018.]
  3. ^ Haryana Samvad, Oct 2018.
  4. ^ Hisar aerodrome being considered for international airport, says MLA Archived 11 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine, HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Retrieved on 2 December 2014.
  5. ^ a b c " International Airport will be built in front of the hotel industry ", Jagran News, 8 September 2017.
  6. ^ Hissar airport will be connected directly to delhi from railline, Dainik Jagran, 25 Dec 2018.
  7. ^ a b c Hisar airport will be illuminated in four months Dainik Jagran, 28 December 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g 3 phase plan prepared to develop Hisar Aerodrome as Int'l Airport: Ram Bilas Sharma, 13 Mar 2018.
  9. ^ a b c "Haryana Institute of Civil Aviation". District Administration, Karnal. Archived from the original on 23 May 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012.
  10. ^ Haryana Gazetteers Organization (1987). "Gazetteer of India: Haryana, Hisar, pp.136" (PDF). Chandigarh: Controller of Printing and Stationery. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 May 2014.
  11. ^ "Safdarjung airport flies into history". The Times of India. 5 April 2003. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  12. ^ Hisar set for regional air connectivity by July, The Tribune, 18 Jan 2018.
  13. ^ a b c d Faster connectivity from Hisar to Delhi, Outlook (magazine), 9 Mar 2018.
  14. ^ "Haryana to fly high with 3 new airports". The Times Of India.
  15. ^ Haryana to develop international airport at Hisar, TravelBizMonitor, Retrieved in March 2016.
  16. ^ State shelves Hisar airport cargo project, The Tribune, 29 May 2015.
  17. ^ Haryana to initiate process for elevation of hisar aerodrome as international airport, Daily Pioneer, 6 January 2016.
  18. ^ "75 crore clearance for expanding airport will start soon: Chandra.", Jagran news, 17 August 2017.
  19. ^ "Three airports ready to take off in Haryana". Times of India. 29 August 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
  20. ^ Panchkula to have military medical college, The Tribune, 4 July 2016, Retrieved on 4 July 2016.
  21. ^ Vijay Mohan. Army’s helicopter repair hub likely to come up in Hisar, The Tribune, 1 August 2016.
  22. ^ Hissar will become the country's largest international airport, Punjab Kesari, 28 Feb 2018.
  23. ^ Deepender Deshwal. Centre ‘yet to approve’ Hisar airport project, The Tribune, 9 April 2017. Retrieved on 21 June 2017.
  24. ^ Land transferred for the Hisar airport. Navbharat Times.
  25. ^ Centre has overlooked Haryana's interests: Deepinder Hooda , Catch news. 5 July 2017.
  26. ^ "UP govt revives Jewar airport project, survey to start today". Daily News Analysis. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  27. ^ Aviation secy tells UP to form Jewar airport SPV, Yamuna Authority’s hands full, money Control News, 10 July 2017.
  28. ^ a b "Haryana govt offers incentives under the UDAN scheme.", The Echo Of India, 4 September 2017.
  29. ^ HSO launched signature campaign, GJU vice chancellor also gave support, Dainik Bhaskar, 13 Dec 2017.
  30. ^ a b Flights To Begin Soon On Delhi-Hisar And Hisar-Chandigarh Routes, NDTV.
  31. ^ "Hisar aviation hub project: Haryana to offer extra incentives to airlines", Times of India, 8 August 2017.
  32. ^ "Haryana govt wants Hisar airport be declared under RCS", Times of India, 11 August 2017.