Nashik Airport

Nashik Airport (IATA: ISK, ICAO: VAOZ) is located at Ozar, 20 kilometres (12 mi) northeast of the city of Nashik, Maharashtra, India. It is owned by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, which uses the airport primarily to develop, test and build aircraft for the Indian Armed Forces. It is home to a maintenance station of the Indian Air Force and also supports wide body commercial cargo services.[7] A new passenger terminal was inaugurated on 3 March 2014.[8] It serves Nashik Metropolitan Region as well as North Maharashtra Region. It is one of the fastest growing airports in terms of passengers and cargo not only in Maharashtra but also in India. It has one of the longest runways in India.

Nashik Airport
(Ozar Airport)[1]
HAL Nasik
Nashik Airport Inauguration.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic / military
OwnerHindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)
ServesNashik Metropolitan Region
LocationOzar, near Mumbai-Agra National Highway, Nashik
Elevation AMSL608 m / 1,995 ft
Coordinates20°07′10″N 073°54′49″E / 20.11944°N 73.91361°E / 20.11944; 73.91361Coordinates: 20°07′10″N 073°54′49″E / 20.11944°N 73.91361°E / 20.11944; 73.91361
Map
ISK is located in Maharashtra
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Location of the airport in Maharashtra
ISK is located in India
ISK
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ISK (India)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 3,000 9,843 Concrete/Asphalt
Statistics (2018-19 Apr-Mar)
Passengers43,511Increase 15.5%[2]
Aircraft moment596 Increase 29.2%[3]
Cargo tonnage (in metric tonnes)73 MT Increase 37%[4]
Sources: GCM,[5] STV[6]

HistoryEdit

The airfield was built in 1964, when the HAL's Aircraft Division at Nasik commenced licensed manufacturing of the Fighter Aircraft MiG-21FL. Other aircraft built here include MiG-21M, MiG-21 BIS, MiG-27 M, Su 30 MKI aircraft.

Kingfisher Airlines commenced scheduled services to Mumbai in 2008 but ended in November 2009 due to poor response.[9]

Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) announced the launch of commercial air cargo operations from Ozar airport on 20 September 2011. The cargo services are managed by HALCON, a joint working group between HAL, state-run Container Corporation (Concor) and Clarion Solutions. The airport is capable of handling large aircraft like the Antonov AN-124s after having creating additional parking space and medical facilities. Clarion Solutions will be the cargo terminal operator.

In 2011, HAL signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Maharashtra for an Upgradation of Ozar Airport.[10] This involves The Airport Terminal Project worth 84 crores. The state government will pay 74 crores of the terminal project cost and HAL will fund the remaining Rs 10 crore.[8][11] After coming on the DGCA's air map, HAL is now in the process of appointing a private company to develop, to operate and maintain the airport terminal at Ozar on a revenue sharing basis.[12] Scheduled passenger air service to Nashik was revived after a gap of eight years when Air Deccan commenced operations to Mumbai and Pune on 23 December 2017 under the UDAN scheme.[9]

Ojhar Air Force StationEdit

11 Base Repair Depot, one of the eight base repair depots of the Indian Air Force under overall control and supervision of the Maintenance Command, Nagpur is based at Ozar. It was established in 1975 and is an ISO 9001:2000 certified maintenance facility. It conducts overhaul programmes for the IAF's MiG-21(FL, BIS), MiG-23s and MiG-29s.[13]

TerminalEdit

The new terminal building, spread over 22 acres with 8,267 sq metre built-up area can accommodate 300 passengers. The adjoining apron can handle up to six aircraft. The bhoomipujan (groundbreaking) ceremony of the terminal was performed by PWD Minister and Guardian Minister Chhagan Bhujbal on 2 January 2012[14] and the terminal was inaugurated on 3 March 2014 by the then Union minister for the Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Praful Patel.[8] The key terminal areas include departure lobby, check-in counters, security, holding and VIP areas, retail, airport administration and airlines offices, flying and ground crew services, physically challenged friendly and childcare facilities, dedicated smoking areas. The airport boasts of modern systems like integrated baggage handling, Flight Information Display Systems (FIDS), CCTVs, public address and voice annunciation systems, access control, Building Management System (BMS), Fire and Safety Systems, and Terminal Control Center.[15]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

AirlinesDestinations
Alliance AirAhmedabad,[16] Hyderabad,[16] Kandla,[17] Pune[18]
TrujetAhmedabad[19]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 September 2019. Retrieved 20 December 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Passengers traffic details AAI data" (PDF). Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Aircraft moment data by AAI" (PDF). March 2019. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Cargo tonnage data by AAI" (PDF). March 2019. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 April 2019. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  5. ^ Airport information for VAOZ at Great Circle Mapper.
  6. ^ Airport information for Ozar Airport at Transport Search website.
  7. ^ "HAL begins cargo services at Nashik airport". IBN. 20 September 2011. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
  8. ^ a b c "Union minister visits new airport terminal". The Times of India. 26 July 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  9. ^ a b "Air Deccan finally starts air services from Ozar". The Times of India. 24 December 2017. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Maha govt, HAL to upgrade Ozar airport". Business Standard. 5 March 2011. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
  11. ^ "Ozar terminal to be inaugurated on March 2". The Times of India. 25 February 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  12. ^ "Indigo to use Nashik airport for emergency landing". Times of India. 8 December 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  13. ^ "When IAF Turns Industrial Entrepreneur - A Visit to 11 BRD". Vayu Aerospace Review. New Delhi. 12 October 2009. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Bhoomipujan of terminal building at Ozar Airport". CafeNasik.com. 2 January 2012. Archived from the original on 13 December 2017. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
  15. ^ "20 km from Nashik - New airport terminal at Ozar inaugurated | The Economic Times". Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  16. ^ a b "Fly from Ahmedabad and Hyderabad to Nashik in less than Rs 2,500! Alliance Air to start flights under UDAN". The Financial Express. 29 January 2019. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  17. ^ "Alliance Air to extend Nashik-Ahmedabad flight up to Kandla | Nashik News - Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 9 November 2019. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  18. ^ "Nashik-Pune flight to begin from October 27 | Nashik News - Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 28 September 2019. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  19. ^ "TruJet launches flights on Nashik-Ahmedabad route | Nashik News - Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 14 February 2019. Retrieved 17 February 2020.

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