Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport
|Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport|
|Owner/Operator||Airports Authority of India|
|Location||Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India|
|Focus city for|
|Elevation AMSL||189 ft / 58 m|
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (SVPIA) (IATA: AMD, ICAO: VAAH) is an international airport serving the cities of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar in Gujarat, India. The airport is located in Hansol, 9 km (5.6 mi) north of central Ahmedabad. It is named after India's first Deputy Prime Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. In 2014 it was the eighth busiest airport in India with 4.8 million passenger traffic, an increase of 5.38% over previous year. The airport also serves as hub for the low-cost carrier Spicejet and as a focus city for Air India, Blue Dart Aviation, GoAir and Jet Airways. In 2015 the government started the procedure for the privatization of the Airport along with three other airports in the country.
In 2010, Terminal 2 was inaugurated for international flights. Along with this, an 18 feet (5.5 m) tall statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was also inaugurated. Due to higher percentage of domestic flights, it was originally proposed to be used for domestic flights while international flights would continue to operate out of the old terminal.However, it was later announced that the new terminal would be used for international flights.
In 2015, the AAI invited proposals for privatisation of Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata and Jaipur airports.
On March 11, 2015 Solar Impulse 2 landed at the Ahmedabad Airport at around 23:45 IST after its 15 hour journey from Muscat. It was open for the public and a special hanger was constructed for the aircraft. It left Ahmedabad on March 18, 2015 for Varanasi.
The airport currently consists of four terminals: domestic, international, an additional terminal for secondary traffic and a cargo terminal as well. The airport has 45 parking bays and both the international and domestic terminals have four aero-bridges each. The new terminal has been modelled based on Singapore Changi Airport.
The new terminal has a half kilometre long moving walkway, which connects the two terminals. Airports Authority of India (AAI) will construct a new technical block which will enhance the flight handling capacity and provide better control of flights.
The airport has a single runway that is 3,599 metres (11,808 ft) long.
Air traffic control tower
As part of the airport modernisation process, the AAI announced that it would construct a new Air traffic control (ATC) building that would include a new Airport tower 65 metres (213 ft) in height.
Terminal 1 has 32 check-in counters and has an area of 45,000 m2 (480,000 sq ft).
T2 was inaugurated on 4 July 2010 and opened for use on 15 September 2010. The terminal won the award for the best Steel Structure at the 2009 edition of the National Structural Steel Design and Construction Awards. The terminal has four aerobridges and 32 check-in counters. With the total floor area of approximately 41,000 sq. meters, this terminal will be able to accommodate around 1,600 passengers at any given time. The new 51,975 sq m apron area can cater for the parking of 9 A-321 and 4 ATR-72 type of aircraft.
In 2009, 3,685 square metres (39,670 sq ft) of land was leased for a period of seven years out by the AAI to the Gujarat Agro Industries Corporation Ltd (GAICL) to set up a Centre for Perishable Cargo (CPC). However due to a government policy that prevented third party operations at airports run by the AAI, the CPC was not in use until July 2014, when Minister of State for Civil Aviation G. M. Siddeshwara announced that the government had issued a No Objection Certificate for commencement of operations.
In 2014, it was announced that SVPIA, along with 24 other airports in India would be getting a dedicated cargo terminal. The cargo terminal is expected to come up at Terminal 3 which is vacant.
Airlines and destinations
|Air Costa||Bangalore, Chennai||1|
|Air India||Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai||1|
|Air India||Kuwait, Mumbai, Muscat, Newark||2|
|Etihad Airways||Abu Dhabi||2|
|GoAir||Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Kolkata, Mumbai||1|
|IndiGo||Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram (begins 28 March 2015), Visakhapatnam (begins 28 March 2015)||1|
|Jet Airways||Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune||1|
|Jet Airways||Abu Dhabi||2|
operated by JetKonnect
|Delhi, Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Mumbai||1|
|Kuwait Airways||Kuwait City (resumes 1 September 2015)||2|
|MEHair||Bhuj, Jamnagar, Porbandar||1|
|SpiceJet||Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Kolkata, Mumbai||1|
|Blue Dart Aviation||Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai|
|Emirates SkyCargo||Dubai-Al Maktoum|
|Qatar Airways Cargo||Doha|
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The Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Service (AMTS) runs a bus to the airport. For the convenience of travellers, there is a prepaid taxi booth at the airport premises itself. The city centre is 15 km south-west of the airport. There are also plans to extend the Ahmedabad BRTS bus routes to cover the Airport. A direct metro rail linking the airport with the city centre is also being considered.
Incidents and accidents
- Indian Airlines Flight 113 operating from Mumbai to Ahmedabad crashed on its final approach to the airport on 19 October 1988, killing 130 people (including all 6 crew members). The flight was cleared for a visual approach into a foggy Ahmedabad, when it struck trees and a high-tension pylon at a distance of 5 km from Runway 23, before crashing into a field and bursting into flames.
- Jet Airways Flight 2510, coming in from Indore, collapsed on the runway while landing at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport on 22 July 2010. There were 57 passengers and four crew members on board the ATR flight. Some passengers were feared to have received minor injuries but Jet Airways officials declined the speculations. The nose wheel reportedly collapsed due to a tyre burst.
Proposed new airport
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