Alliance Air has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the State Government of Haryana to connect the upcoming Hisar Airport to seven Indian cities. Alliance Air is a public airline owned by the Government of India. The under-construction airport is expected to be fully operational by April month.
Alliance Air to Hisar Airport
Alliance Air has signed an agreement with the State Government of Haryana to connect Hisar Airport to seven Indian cities. The agreement was announced by the Deputy Chief Minister of Haryana, Dushyant Chautala. As part of the agreement, the airline will add seven routes from Hisar Airport.
It will be connecting Hisar Airport to Chandigarh, Delhi, Jaipur, Kullu, Jammu, Ahmedabad and Dharamshala. These services are expected to take off in April this year.
Apart from Alliance Air, the government also held discussions with other airline operators for running more services from the airport.
Hisar Airport was brought into the Indian aviation network in 2018 when it received an Aerodrome License from the DGCA. In September 2019, SpiceJet opened a training academy to train around 100 pilots yearly. In July 2021, it was renamed as ‘Maharaja Agrasen International Airport’. The State Government is aiming to develop the Airport as an integrated aviation hub. The all-new terminal building will be ready by January 2026.
Operationalization in April
Hisar Airport is expected to be operational in April 2024. Additional Chief Secretary to the Civil Aviation Department, Sudhir Rajpal informed the media that Alliance Air has already received approval from DGCA to carry out operations at the airport. The airport authorities are currently in the process of obtaining the Aerodrome License, with an aim to start flight operations in April month.
If you are wondering what is under construction, then let me tell you that the Phase-II expansion work is under construction at Hisar Airport right now. Phase I was operationalized in 2019. Now, under Phase II, the following construction activities are ongoing:
- Extension of Runway to 10,000 ft
- Terminal Building with 2.1 Million passenger capacity
- 12,000 square meters car parking facility with a capacity of 250 cars
- Cargo Facility
- MRO Facility
Currently, the runway is 4,000 ft long. With a runway length of 10,000 ft, the airport will be able to handle aircraft like Airbus A320 and Boeing 737. For Phase 2 expansion, the government has invested close to Rs 946 crore.
The state government attempted to connect the airport in 2019. On September 2, 2019, SpiceJet started a shuttle service from Hisar Airport using a seven-seater aircraft. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar himself was the first passenger. After some time, the bookings stopped and flights were terminated. SpiceJet cited technical reasons as an excuse to stop the flights.
Similarly, Ahmedabad-based Air Taxi started flights between Hsar & Chandigarh with a commuter aircraft. Just a month later, Air Taxi removed these flights from the schedule, leading to the abandonment of the airport.