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Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport

Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport (IATA: ATQ, ICAO: VIAR) is an international airport about 11 kilometres (7 mi) northwest of the city of Amritsar, Punjab, India. It is named after Guru Ram Das Ji, the fourth Sikh Guru and the founder of Amritsar city. Amritsar Airport is the largest and busiest airport in the Indian state of Punjab. The airport was the fastest growing airport in India during the fiscal year 2017-18.[2]

Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport
Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, Amritsar.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorAirports Authority of India
ServesAmritsar Metropolitan Area, Punjab, India
LocationRajasansi, Amritsar, India
Opened1930(British India) (1930(British India))
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL230 m / 756 ft
Coordinates31°42′28″N 074°47′57″E / 31.70778°N 74.79917°E / 31.70778; 74.79917Coordinates: 31°42′28″N 074°47′57″E / 31.70778°N 74.79917°E / 31.70778; 74.79917
Websitewww.amritsarairport.com
Map
ATQ is located in Punjab
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ATQ is located in India
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Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
16/34 3,657 12,001 Asphalt
Statistics (April 2018 - March 2019)
Passengers2,523,794 (Increase8.8%)
Aircraft movements17,905 (Increase0.8%)
Cargo tonnage1,378
Source: AAI[1]

HistoryEdit

Being named after Sri Guru Ram Das Ji, this airport is located at a distance of 11 km from the city. He was the fourth Sikh Guru and the founder of Amritsar city. The arrival terminal of the city was inaugurated in the year of 2005. In the year of March 2006 the departure terminal has been in operation. In the year of 2009, another terminal building was inaugurated. The airport at present have a hold of about 200 commercial flights a week, both international (United Kingdom, Singapore, UAE, Qatar etc) and domestic. In the year of December 2009, Amritsar Airport has become the fastest growing airport in India.

In 1930, The Airstrip of Amritsar Rajasansi Airport was established during the British tenure and this airport was used for VVIP movements. After independence, it got connected with cities like Delhi and Srinagar. First international flight to Kabul was launched in 1960. In 1982, Air India started direct international flight from Amritsar to Birmingham (U.K.) with a stop at Moscow and this flight became so popular that it was termed as no.1 flight for Air India, but unfortunately Air India stopped its operation at Amritsar Airport due to 1984 Operation Blue Star.

FacilitiesEdit

TerminalEdit

 
Terminal interior

The arrivals section of the old terminal was inaugurated in September 2005, and the departures section was made operational in March 2006. A new integrated terminal building, built in glass and steel and equipped with modern facilities like an inline X-ray baggage inspection and conveyor system, Flight Information Display System (FIDS), Common Use Terminal Equipment (CUTE), and CCTV for surveillance among others, was inaugurated on 25 February 2009, with an area of approximately 40,175 square metres (432,440 sq ft) marking an improvement over the earlier 12,770 square metres (137,500 sq ft) facility. The new terminal building is a blend of modern and Indian designs, constructed in glass and steel with Indian style arches and colours. For the quarter ending 30 June 2016, the airport registered a 59.6% growth of international passenger traffic.[3]

The integrated terminal building has four aerobridges (including new recently fitted ones at bay no. 2 and bay no. 4), an annual capacity of 1.46 million passengers with a peak hour capacity of 1,200 passengers. The building has 30 check-in counters, 4 X-ray scanners (for baggage), 26 immigration Counters, 10 custom counters, 12 security check booths, and 4 conveyor belts for arrivals. The apron has been extended to cater for parking of a total of 25 aircraft (8 Category 'E', 3 Category 'D' and 13 Category 'C' types of aircraft & 1 category 'E' for cargo) from the earlier capacity of 15 aircraft and strengthened for parking of Category 'C' type of aircraft. The departure and arrival halls operate duty-free shops. The departure hall also accommodates foreign currency exchange service, a book store, restaurants and other shops for the convenience of departing passengers.[4] The airport registered India's highest passenger growth of over 48% for the year 2017-2018.[5] Currently, the flights coming in the airport connect it direct to over 20 destinations across India and other countries. As per source, India's maiden airline Spicejet has filed for slots at London-Heathrow for starting direct flights between Amritsar and London.[6]

RunwayEdit

The Airport is a CAT III ILS compliant airport.[7][8] During 2016-17 runway upgrade, the flexible portion runway was strengthened and inset lighting installed for ILS CAT III at a cost of 1.50 billion.[9] On 12 October 2017, the Airports Authority of India issued CAT III-B low visibility procedures (LVP) for Amritsar Airport allowing landing at 50 m visual range.[10] Before Installation of CAT III ILS,CAT II ILS became operational on 23 December 2011 and reduced the visibility requirement for an aircraft landing at Amritsar Airport on Runway 34 from the existing 650 metres to 350 metres benefiting airlines in increased safety and avoiding diversions to other airports resulting in better operational and environmental efficiency.

Airlines and destinationsEdit

ConnectivityEdit

RoadEdit

The Airport is connected by 8 lane National Highway 354 (India) which runs from Amritsar to Ajnala. Taxi can be taken from Taxi stand of the Airport. Both Ola Cabs and Uber are available in the city. Autos and local buses also connect the city to the airport.

MetrobusEdit

Amritsar Metrobus is a rapid transit system running in Amritsar Metropolitan Area, Amritsar. Many locations of the region is covered under Phase 1 of the project and Amritsar Airport is scheduled to be a part of Amritsar MetroBus Network in scheduled expansion under Phase 2 of Network.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Aai Traffic News | Airports Authority of India". Aai.aero. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  2. ^ C, D. "Amritsar beats all international Airports in India with 83.5% growth in domestic traffic - Asian Independent".
  3. ^ Khare, Harish (30 August 2016). "59.6% increase in passenger footfall at Amritsar airport". Tribuneindia.com. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  4. ^ Press Release By PIB http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=47938
  5. ^ "Amritsar airport tops country in terms of passenger growth | punjab | amritsar | Hindustan Times". M.hindustantimes.com. 22 April 2016. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Spicejet may connect London with Delhi, Amritsar from summer". Moneycontrol.
  7. ^ "Amritsar Airport ushers in CAT II Instrument Landing System" (PDF). Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Airports Authority of India". www.aai.aero. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Amritsar airport set for night flights after runway revamp". Tribuneindia.com. 30 April 2017. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Wayback Machine" (PDF). Web.archive.org. 9 December 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 December 2017. Retrieved 20 June 2018.

External linksEdit

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