Jolly Grant Airport
|Jolly Grant Airport.
जॉली ग्रांट हवाई अड्डे
देहरादून हवाई अड्डे.
|IATA: DED – ICAO: VIDN
|Operator||Airports Authority of India|
|Elevation AMSL||1,831 ft / 558 m|
The airport is located about 22 km (12 nmi; 14 mi) southeast of the city of Dehradun. Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, the airport resumed commercial operations on 30 March 2008 after a runway extension to accommodate larger aircraft.
Located 20 km (12 mi) from the holy city of Rishikesh, and 30 km (19 mi) from Haridwar, the airport allows easy access to the region. It is approximately a 20 minutes drive to the town of Rishikesh and 45 minutes to Haridwar and Dehradun.
During the 2013 Uttarakhand floods, the airport was a major center of operations for rescuing pilgrims from Kedarnath and the surrounding pilgrimage sites. On a normal day, this airport handles 16 flights; however on June 21 2013, 121 flights were handled.However, on Sunday, a whopping 127 fl ights were handled On 25 June, nineteen people were killed when a Mil Mi-17 helicopter crashed while returning from Kedarnath.
Airlines and destinations
|Air India Regional||Delhi, Lucknow|
|Jet Airways||Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru,Thiruvananthapuram|
- Pandit, Ambika (26 June 2013). "Dehradun airport sees flurry of action". Times of India. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
- Kumar, Hari (25 June 2013). "Copter Crash Kills 19 as Flood Rescue Efforts Strain Indian Air Force". New York Times. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
- Jolly Grant Airport (official Airports Authority of India web site)
- Airport information for VIDN at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
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