Deesa Airport

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Deesa Airport
દઈએસએ એરપોર્ટ
IATA: noneICAO: VADS
DEESA is located in India airports
DEESA
DEESA
Location of airport in India
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Airports Authority of India
Serves Deesa, Palanpur
Location Deesa, India
Elevation AMSL 485 ft / 148 m
Coordinates 24°16′04.57″N 072°12′15.96″E / 24.2679361°N 72.2044333°E / 24.2679361; 72.2044333Coordinates: 24°16′04.57″N 072°12′15.96″E / 24.2679361°N 72.2044333°E / 24.2679361; 72.2044333
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
06/24 3,300 1,006 Asphalt

Deesa Airport (also spelled Disa Airport) is an airport in Deesa, Gujarat originally built to serve the princely state of Palanpur. It is managed by the Airports Authority of India.[1]

The airport hit national headlines in February 2011 when Subramanian Swamy claimed that 2G Scam accused Shahid Balwa illegally used the airport for transporting "all kinds of VIPs and criminals" in and out of the country secretly.[2] The Airports Authority of India denied this was the case, stating that the airstrip was not used for the last 2 years, due to the poor condition of the airstrip, adding that it was fit only for paragliding.[3] The airfield was most recently used for a sky diving program in 2013.[4]

In September 2011, A K Gogoi, Commander in Chief, South Western Air Command of the Indian Air Force announced that there was a proposal to develop Deesa Airport into a full fledged Air Base and that the Defence Ministry had approved this proposal. Deesa was chosen due to its strategic location, being close to the international border with Pakistan. The first phase of this proposal includes spending INR 30 billion on strengthening airport infrastructure.[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Helipad in every taluka headquaters [sic]". The Times of India. 28 December 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Balwa ran illegal airport: Swamy". The Hindu. 23 February 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Officials trash Swamy’s charges on Balwa using Deesa airstrip". The Indian Express. 26 April 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Flying high, participants get thrill of adventure". The Times of India. 11 February 2007. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Nod Given to Develop Deesa Airport as Air Base: IAF". Outlook India. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "IAF set to turn Deesa airport into airbase". The Indian Express. 2 September 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 

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