Rajkot Airport

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Rajkot Airport
રાજકોટ વિમાનમથક
IATA: RAJICAO: VARK
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Location of airport in India
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Airports Authority of India
Serves Rajkot
Location Rajkot, Gujarat, India
Elevation AMSL 134 m / 441 ft
Coordinates 22°18′33″N 070°46′46″E / 22.30917°N 70.77944°E / 22.30917; 70.77944
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 1,846 6,056 Asphalt
Statistics (Apr '13 - Mar '14)
Passenger movements 306,441
Aircraft movements 2,911
Cargo tonnage 157
Source: AAI [1][2][3]

Rajkot Airport (IATA: RAJICAO: VARK) (Gujarati: રાજકોટ વિમાનમથક) is a public airport located a few miles from Rajkot, Gujarat, India. Daily flights are operated by Jet Airways and Air India. Rajkot Airport has parking apron for one Boeing 737 and one ATR 72, with the terminal having capacity for 125 people. Rajkot Airport is the busiest airport in Saurastra region and third busiest in Gujarat behind Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport and Vadodara Airport.[4]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air India Mumbai
JetKonnect Mumbai

Modernisation Plans[edit]

Rajkot Urban Development Authority and Rajkot Municipal Corporation have proposed a plan to extend Rajkot airport runway from current 5,400 feet (1,600 m) to 6,000 feet (1,800 m) to accommodate larger aircraft and to provide connectivity to major cities than Mumbai to cater to a large demand from the manufacturing companies located in Rajkot. This was not possible because even after the involvement of the Airports Authority of India and Civil Aviation Ministry, the former could not negotiate land acquisition prices with Western Rail.

However, the airport now suffers from considerable capacity restraints, due to the expansion of the city and because of the residential and commercial buildings which have been built around it - this renders the plan to extend the runway unfeasible. The present strip is incapable of serving aircraft larger than Airbus 320 family/Boeing 737-800 (which is the largest aircraft operating from the airport). As such, plans for an entirely new airport have been submitted, and civil aviation minister Praful Patel has suggested that a new bigger airport be developed on 500 acres (2.0 km2) of land near the Rajkot-Gondal-Jamnagar highway, around 10 km away from the city and nearer Khirasara village. This proposal is still under consideration.[5] [6]

The authorities have finalised the site for the first ever international airport in Saurashtra, which will be located near Rajkot. The construction of the new airport is likely to begin in late 2012.[7] Airlines like Spicejet have expressed interest in opening routes to new cities like Ahmedabad from the new airport.

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