Sonari Airport

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Sonari Airport
सोनारी हवाई अड्डे
IATA: IXWICAO: VEJS
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Location of the airport in India
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator TATA Steel
Serves Jamshedpur, Tatanagar
Location Sonari (Jharkhand)
Elevation AMSL 478 ft / 146 m
Coordinates 22°48′49″N 086°10′5″E / 22.81361°N 86.16806°E / 22.81361; 86.16806
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
26/08 4,010 1,222 Asphalt

Sonari Airport (IATA: IXWICAO: VEJS) is a public airport located in Jamshedpur, in the state of Jharkhand, India. The airport has unscheduled chartered flights from Kolkata.

History[edit]

The aerodrome, which is spread over 25 acres, first opened in 1940.[1] There are no scheduled flights into this airport, however in the past years, the airport was served by airlines like Air Deccan, Kingfisher Airlines, MDLR Airlines and Deccan Charters that discontinued services due to various reasons despite recording good loads. While MDLR and Deccan Charters ceased operations due to internal issues, Air Deccan and Kingfisher had to discontinue services in November 2009 after load restrictions were imposed due to the short length of the runway.[2] Since Air Deccan and Kingfisher operated larger ATR 42 and ATR 72 aircraft respectively, operations became unviable.[3]

New Airports[edit]

Tata Steel has proposed a new airport for city of Jamshedpur on 600 acres in the Adityapur-Seraikela area. The airport is to have a 7,000 feet long runway and will be able to handle Airbus A320 flights. This is not possible on Sonari Airport.[1]

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the AAI and the Jharkhand government on 20 February 2012 for establishing a new airport for Jamshedpur. The state government will provide land to AAI for developing the airport that will initially support ATR-72 sized aircraft with options for later expansion when air traffic increases.[4]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Charter airlines[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Deccan Aviation Kolkata
North East Shuttles[5] Kolkata

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "TATA Steel and TRIL inks JV for Jamshedpur airport". Steelguru.com. 29 June 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Suspension of Flights to Jamshedpur". Kingfisher Airlines Press Release. 11 November 2009. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Air services to Jamshedpur resume from Feb 15". Times of India. 17 February 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Jamshedpur, Bokaro to have airports soon; Airports Authority of India signs MoU". The Economic Times. 20 February 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
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