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Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (SVPIA) (IATA: AMD, ICAO: VAAH) is an international airport serving the cities of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar in Gujarat, India. The airport is located in Hansol, 9 km (5.6 mi) north of central Ahmedabad. It is named after Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the 1st Deputy Prime Minister of India.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport
Ahmedabad Airport Terminal 2.jpg
Terminal 2
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Airports Authority of India
Serves
Location Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 58 m / 189 ft
Coordinates 23°04′38″N 072°38′05″E / 23.07722°N 72.63472°E / 23.07722; 72.63472Coordinates: 23°04′38″N 072°38′05″E / 23.07722°N 72.63472°E / 23.07722; 72.63472
Website Official website
Map
AMD is located in Gujarat
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AMD
AMD is located in India
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Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 3,505 11,811 Concrete/Asphalt
Statistics (April 2017 - March 2018)
Passengers 9,174,425
Aircraft movements 63,129
Cargo tonnage 91,633
Source: AAI[1][2][3]

In fiscal year 2017-18, it handled about 9.2 million passengers making it the eighth-busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic in India. The airport is an operating hub for Air Odisha and Blue Dart Aviation. The airport also serves as a focus city for Air India, GoAir, IndiGo and Jet Airways. In 2015, the government started the procedure for the privatization of the airport. New Dholera International Airport is being developed due to expansion constraints at the current airport.

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Ahmedabad Airport domestic terminal

It was awarded as “Most improved airport” in Asia-Pacific region by the Airports Council International for 2017.[4]

Contents

HistoryEdit

The airport was set up in 1937, while international operations began on 26/01/1991. It was categorised as an International airport on 23 May 2000.[5] In 2010, the new terminal 2 was inaugurated for handling international passengers. A 18-foot-tall (5.5 m) statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was also inaugurated at the airport.[6][7] In 2015, the AAI invited proposals for privatisation of Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata and Jaipur airports.[8]

A 700 kWp rooftop solar plant was commissioned at the airport on 21 March 2017.[9]

StructureEdit

The airport currently consists of four terminals: domestic, international, an additional terminal for secondary traffic and a cargo terminal as well. The airport has 45 parking bays and both the international and domestic terminals have four aero-bridges each. The new terminal has been modelled based on Singapore Changi Airport.[10]

The new terminal has a half-kilometre-long moving walkway, which connects the two terminals.[11] Airports Authority of India (AAI) will construct a new technical block which will enhance the flight handling capacity and provide better control of flights.[12]

RunwayEdit

The airport has a single runway that is 3,505 metres (11,499 ft) long.[13]

Air traffic control towerEdit

As part of the airport modernisation process, the AAI announced that it would construct a new air traffic control (ATC) building that would include a new airport tower 65 metres (213 ft) in height.[14]

TerminalsEdit

Terminal 1Edit

Terminal 1 has 32 check-in counters and has an area of 45,000 m2 (480,000 sq ft).

Terminal 2Edit

T2 was inaugurated on 4 July 2010 and opened for use on 15 September 2010. The terminal won the award for the best Steel Structure at the 2009 edition of the National Structural Steel Design and Construction Awards.[15] The terminal has four aerobridges and 32 check-in counters. With the total floor area of approximately 41,000 sq. meters, this terminal will be able to accommodate around 1,600 passengers at any given time. The 'port lounge' at the terminal 2 is a premium lounge for business class and first class passengers. The new 51,975-square-metre (559,450 sq ft) apron area can cater for the parking of nine A-321 and four ATR-72 type of aircraft.

Cargo TerminalEdit

The airport handled 51,637 tonnes of cargo, inclusive of gold and silver in 2013–14. Sixty percent of the cargo comes from domestic sources.[16] In 2009, 3,685 square metres (39,670 sq ft) of land was leased for a period of seven years out by the AAI to Gujarat Agro Industries Corporation to set up a center for perishable cargo. However, due to a government policy that prevented third-party operations at airports run by the AAI, the CPC was not in use until July 2014, when the minister of state for civil aviation announced that the government had issued a No Objection Certificate for commencement of operations.[17] In 2014, it was announced that the airport would be getting a dedicated cargo terminal which is expected to come up at Terminal 3.[16]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

 
A SpiceJet Boeing 737-900ER on the runway
 
An arriving GoAir Airbus A320
 
An IndiGo Airbus A320 taxiing

PassengerEdit

AirlinesDestinations
Air Arabia Sharjah
Air India Chennai, Delhi, Kuwait, London–Heathrow, Mumbai, Muscat, Newark
Air Odisha Bhavnagar, Diu, Indore,[18] Jamnagar, Mundra
Bhutan Airlines Seasonal: Paro
Emirates Dubai–International
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
flydubai Dubai–International
GoAir Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Port Blair, Pune, Srinagar
IndiGo Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Coimbatore, Doha (Begins 1st October 2018), Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Hubli,[19] Hyderabad, Imphal, Jaipur, Kochi,[20] Kolkata, Kuwait (Begins 02 November 2018) ,Lucknow, Mumbai, Muscat (Begins 01 November 2018), Nagpur, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram, Varanasi, Visakhapatnam
Iraqi Airways Baghdad, Najaf
Jazeera AirwaysKuwait
Jet Airways Delhi, Guwahati (Begins 29th October 2018), Indore, Jodhpur,[21] Mumbai
Kuwait Airways Kuwait
Qatar Airways Doha
Singapore Airlines Singapore
SpiceJet Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Dubai–International, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Mumbai, Muscat, Pune, Varanasi
SaudiaSeasonal: Jeddah, Medina
VistaraAmritsar, Bengaluru, Delhi

CargoEdit

AirlinesDestinations
Blue Dart Aviation Bengaluru, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai
Emirates SkyCargo Dubai–Al Maktoum
Global Africa Aviation Dubai–Al Maktoum
Ethiopian Airlines Cargo Addis Ababa, Hong Kong, Riyadh
Etihad Cargo Abu Dhabi
Qatar Airways Cargo Doha[22]

ConnectivityEdit

The Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Service (AMTS) runs bus services to the airport.[23] For the convenience of travelers, there is a prepaid taxi booth at the airport premises. There are also plans to extend the Ahmedabad BRTS and a direct metro rail linking the airport with the city center.

Shuttle bus runs every 30minutes from the airport terminal and provides pick-up and drop service to 29 stops and last stop is karnavati club at very nominal cost (₹30-₹50).

OneWay.Cab also provides connectivity[24] to Ahmedabad Airport from Vadodara,[25] Surat, Rajkot,[26] Udaipur[27] & Anand.[28]

Accidents and incidentsEdit

  • Indian Airlines Flight 113 operating from Mumbai to Ahmedabad crashed on its final approach to the airport on 19 October 1988, killing 130 people including all 6 crew members. The flight was cleared for a visual approach into a foggy airport, when it struck trees and a high-tension pylon at a distance of 5 km from Runway 23, before crashing into a field and bursting into flames.
  • Jet Airways Flight 2510, coming in from Indore collapsed on the runway while landing at the airport on 22 July 2010. There were 57 passengers and four crew members on board the ATR flight. Some passengers received minor injuries as the nose wheel reportedly collapsed due to a tyre burst.[29]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-III" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 4. Retrieved 1 May 2018. 
  2. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-II" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 4. Retrieved 1 May 2018. 
  3. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-IV" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 4. Retrieved 1 May 2018. 
  4. ^ "Ahmedabad airport on a new high as most improved airport in Asia Pacific region - Times of India". The Times of India. Times of India. Retrieved 20 July 2018. 
  5. ^ "Airports International - New Terminal in Ahmedabad" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 July 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Praful Patel inaugurates Sardar Patel's statue at Ahmedabad airport". Daily News and Analysis. Ahmedabad. 10 January 2011. Retrieved Mar 24, 2015. 
  7. ^ "New building to be used as international terminal: AAI". Times of India. Ahmedabad. 1 September 2010. Retrieved Mar 24, 2015. 
  8. ^ Mukherjee, Sharmishtha (12 February 2015). "Eight firms line up to bid for airport privatisation projects". Indian Express. New Delhi. Retrieved Mar 24, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Airport rooftop solar array joins power grid - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 24 March 2017. 
  10. ^ "Fly out of Changi, in apnu Amdavad". The Times of India. 28 June 2009. 
  11. ^ "New terminal soon at A'bad international airport". expressindia.com. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  12. ^ "Rs 90 crore for new air traffic control block at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport". DNA Ahmedabad Edition. 
  13. ^ Jain, Ankur (20 March 2011). "Runway repair at Ahmedabad airport to hit summer travel". Times of India. Ahmedabad. Retrieved Mar 24, 2015. 
  14. ^ Jha, Satish (17 January 2011). "Air traffic control at Ahmedabad airport to be automated". DNA. Ahmedabad. Retrieved Mar 24, 2015. 
  15. ^ Jha, Satish (1 February 2011). "New Ahmedabad airport terminal wins award". Daily News and Analysis. Ahmedabad. Retrieved Mar 24, 2015. 
  16. ^ a b Mishra, Piyush (16 July 2014). "Ahmedabad airport to get dedicated cargo terminal". Times of India. Ahmedabad. Retrieved Mar 24, 2015. 
  17. ^ Mishra, Piyush (15 July 2014). "Ahmedabad airport's perishable cargo centre to begin services soon". Times of India. Ahmedabad. Retrieved Mar 24, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Air Odisha - Flight Schedule". 2 May 2018. Retrieved 3 May 2018. 
  19. ^ "New Flights". www.goindigo.in. 
  20. ^ "New Flights". www.goindigo.in. 
  21. ^ "Flight Schedules". Official website of Jet Airways. Retrieved 11 April 2018. 
  22. ^ "Qatar Airways Cargo to launch freighter service to Ahmedabad on Feb 3". Gulf Times. 19 January 2015. Retrieved Mar 24, 2015. 
  23. ^ Bhatt, Megha (18 May 2014). "Frequent Flyers Seek Transportation at A'bad Airport: BRTS Can Be a Good Option, Say Some Passengers". Daily News and Analysis. Ahmedabad. Retrieved Mar 24, 2015. 
  24. ^ "OneWay.Cab raises Rs 3 crore from IAN - The Economic Times". Retrieved 2016-09-13. 
  25. ^ "Ahmedabad to Vadodara One Way Taxi Services". oneway.cab. Retrieved 2016-09-13. 
  26. ^ "Ahmedabad to Rajkot One Way Taxi Services". oneway.cab. Retrieved 2016-09-13. 
  27. ^ "Ahmedabad to Udaipur One Way Taxi Services". oneway.cab. Retrieved 2016-09-13. 
  28. ^ "Ahmedabad to Anand One Way Taxi Services". oneway.cab. Retrieved 2016-09-13. 
  29. ^ "Plane's nose wheel collapses, passengers safe". IBNLive.com. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 

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