HAL Bangalore International Airport
, also known as HAL Airport
or Hindustan Airport
, is the airport
of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
(HAL) facility at Bangalore
The airport is used to test and develop aircraft for the Indian Armed Forces
. Manufacturing and overhauling of such aircraft has averaged nearly one per day (on a company-wide, All-India basis) over the 40 year life span of the firm.
It was also a domestic and international airport
serving the city. However this usage is now defunct, as its passenger usage was replaced by the new Bengaluru International Airport
on 24 May 2008. It handled an estimated 7.5 million passengers a year as of 2006 and an average of at least 550 flights (takeoffs
) per day, earning an estimated Rs 1-1.5 billion in landing and aircraft parking fees from scheduled airlines
HAL was established as Hindustan Aircraft in Bangalore in 1940 by Walchand Hirachand to produce military aircraft for the Royal Indian Air Force. The initiative was actively encouraged by the Kingdom of Mysore, especially by Diwan Sir Mirza Ismail
. The British Government bought a one-third stake in the company by April 1941 as it believed this to be a strategic imperative. Later in April 1942, it bought out the stakes of Walchand Hirachand himself and other promoters so that it can act freely.
In 1964, it was acquired by the Government and was used mainly for defence purposes, operations were extended for domestic commercial... Read More