|IATA: IXU – ICAO: VAAU
|Operator||Airports Authority of India|
|Elevation AMSL||1,911 ft / 582 m|
In the early 1990s, the Government of Maharashtra attempted to develop tourism in Aurangabad district (Ajanta, Ellora, Daulatabad and Bibi Ka Maqbara in Aurangabad city) but the project failed to take off.
Late in the decade the government awarded it to JBIC (Japan Bank for International Cooperation), which planned, financed and implemented the project. JBIC was to assist in several ways – monument conservation, airport expansion, upgrading roads to the monuments, improving water quality, expanding electrical service and implementing a visitor-management system.
Funds required for the first phase were 81.71 crore, of which 69.48 crore was allocated by JBIC. This phase concentrated on the basic infrastructure and necessary amenities in and around Aurangabad. The second phase (costing 360 crore) received about 300 crore from JBIC, with the remainder from the agencies involved.
As part of the overall development (and to facilitate tourist traffic) it was decided to upgrade the facilities at Aurangabad airport in phases, costing around 130 crore. The first phase included extending and reinforcing the runway, a new taxiway, construction of a boundary wall and other improvements; this was completed in 2005.
The second phase included a new, integrated terminal building and technical complex to handle domestic and international air traffic. The cost was 99.67 crore, of which the JBIC contributed 60 lakhs and AAI (Airports Authority of India) contributed the remainder. Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel laid the foundation of the second phase in January 2007, promising it would be completed within a year; the airport opened in November 2008.
One of the most daunting problems faced by airport management at Aurangabad was that of parking space for the aircraft, since the old apron could only accommodate one wide-bodied aircraft; this hampered regular flights out of the airport and prevented its use by foreign chartered flights. In the second phase a new apron (measuring 500 by 400 ft) was built, accommodating up to four wide-bodied Airbus aircraft. The old apron will continue to accommodate one Airbus and one ATR aircraft. Parking for five to six aircraft is now available, enabling chartered flights and increasing international tourist traffic.
The opening ceremony took place on 21 November 2008 before Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh and Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel. The maiden flight was to Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), carrying pilgrims for Hajj. National air carrier Air India launched its direct flight to Jeddah for Hajj, using an Airbus 310 with 200 hajis aboard from the newly constructed terminal in Aurangabad. With this, Aurangabad became the 17th airport in the country from which Hajj flights depart.
The airport opened to regular traffic on 3 March 2009. A Jet Airways Mumbai-Aurangabad flight landed at 8:05 am, the first scheduled flight to use Aurangabad Airport’s new terminal.
- Runway extension (from 7,500 ft (2,300 m) to 9300 ft); apron and runway lighting
- Instrument landing system (ILS) installation
- Fence and water-bypass installation
- Installation of air-conditioning and luggage conveyor in departure area
- Approach lights and power-plant installation
- Doppler VHF (very high frequency) omni-range (DVOR) radar installation
- DME (Distance Measuring Equipment) installation
- Emergency runway and shoulder maintenance
- Integrated two-story, glass-and-steel terminal building (with four entry & exit points) and a 30m-high technical complex (with a floor area of 620m²), covering a total of over 20,500m² and costing approximately Rs 100 crore (total cost of both phases Rs 130 crore)
- 400-car parking lot
- Two aero-bridges to facilitate passenger flow
- New fire station
In addition to charter flights, seven planes daily serve Indian cities from Aurangabad Airport. It is used by 700 passengers daily, and the terminal has a capacity of 700.
- Central air-conditioning over a 1.9-lakh-square-foot area
- Escalators and passenger lifts
- Two aerobridges
- Flight information display
- Car-calling facilities
- "Commercially important person" section
- Child-care room
- Duty-free shopping
- PA system, baggage-handling system, closed-circuit TV
Airlines and destinations
|Air India||Delhi, Mumbai|
|Air India Regional||Delhi|
|Jet Airways||Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai|
|JetKonnect operated by JetLite||Mumbai|
|SpiceJet||Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Nanded|
|Blue Dart Aviation||Delhi|
- "Patel to lay foundation stone of Rs 100-cr building in A'bad", January 9, 2007. Retrieved 2011-03-30.
- Arif Shaikh, "Aurangabad airport to get international edge". Daily News & Analysis, November 27, 2007. Retrieved 2011-03-30.
- Arif Shaikh, "Direct Haj flights from Aurangabad". Daily News & Analysis, November 22, 2008. Retrieved 2011-03-30.
- skyscrapercity.com (For more on New Integrated Terminal Building Aurangabad Airport.)
- Aurangabad Airport (official Airports Authority of India web site)
- Airport information for VAAU at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
- www.jica.go.jp (Ajanta–Ellora Conservation and Tourism Development Project.)