Surat Airport

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Surat Airport
સુરત એરપોર્ટ

IATA: STVICAO: VASU

STV is located in India airports
STV
STV
Location of airport in India
Summary
Airport type Public, Domestic
Owner/Operator Airports Authority of India
Serves Surat
Location Magdalla, Surat, Gujarat, India
Elevation AMSL 16 ft / 5 m
Coordinates 21°7′3.57″N 72°44′42.93″E / 21.1176583°N 72.7452583°E / 21.1176583; 72.7452583
Website http://www.aai.aero
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
04/22 7,382 ft 2,250 Asphalt

Surat Airport is a domestic airport (IATA: STV, ICAO: VASU), located in Magdala, 11 kilometres south-west of Surat in the Western Indian state of Gujarat. The total area of the airfield is 312 Hectares. It currently caters to scheduled airline services as well as private aircraft and is also home to a Flying training school. [1]

History[edit]

Surat Airport is built by the State government of Gujarat. During the 1990s, Vayudoot and Gujarat Airways had been operating through Surat Airport and both discontinued their flights since May 1994 and January 2000, respectively. The airport, with a 1400 metre airstrip and an adjoining 60 by 40 metre apron was then transferred to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) in 2003, who took up the airport for modernisation. [2] After a failed initial attempt in July 2004 to connect Surat with Mumbai and Bhavnagar due to poor airport infrastructure.[3] the now defunct airline Air Deccan operated an ATR 42 aircraft daily from November 2004 to July 2005. [4]

Until 2007, Surat was the only city in the world with a population of over 4.6 million people without a functioning airport. Besides being the 4th fastest growing city in the world, its GDP is among the highest in India, thus the absence of fully functioning air-connectivity is a major hindrance. Commercial services from Surat resumed on 6 May 2007 with an Indian Airlines Airbus 319 flight to Delhi flagged off by Indian Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel at 1240 IST. [5] By this time, major improvements had been made to the Airport.

Structure[edit]

Surat airport's new terminal building is capable of handling 240 passengers per hour. The adjoining concrete apron measures 235 by 90 metres, and is linked by two taxiways to its sole runway that is oriented 04/22, is 2250 metres long and 45 metres wide. The airfield is equipped with night landing facilities and an Instrument Landing System (ILS) as well as navigational facilities like DVOR/DME and an NDB. [6] The new airport is accessible through Gaurav Path, a newly developed express-road at Piplod. City buses operate between the airport and city center.

Future development[edit]

The Airport Authority of India announced that the Airport required 864 hectares of land, and the Gujarat government has allocated such land for the development. Planned improvements at the airport include a capacity to handle up to 7 jets at a time, extending the runway to 4500 meters and a second runway.[7]

Terminal[edit]

A new Surat airport terminal building was inaugurated on 27 February 2009 by Union Minister of State for Petroleum Dinsha Patel, in the absence of Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel, who had to cancel his visit due to unavoidable circumstances.[7] The terminal building, constructed at a cost of Rs 40 crore, has a total floor area of 8,500 sq mt and can handle 240 passengers per hour. It is equipped with CCTV cameras, two Baggage carousels in the arrivals hall and one hand baggage X-ray machine, among other modern facilities. Soon, the terminal building will have two air bridges with Visual Docking Guidance System, two elevators and two escalators, and a 120 seat lounge. also, Coffee Culture and other shops have been added after that.[8][9]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger airlines[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air India Regional Delhi
Ventura Air Bhavnagar

Incidents[edit]

On 6th November 2014, a SpiceJet Ltd. Boeing 737-800 VT-SGK performing flight number SG-622 collided into a buffalo during takeoff. Though none of the 140 passengers on board or 6 crew members were injured, the aircraft engine sustained serious damage and had to be grounded. After this incident, Spicejet has indefinitely suspended all operations to and from Surat Airport, owing to lax security at the airport.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "City gets flying academy, youth's aspirations new wings". Times of India. 21 October 2009. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Airports Authority of India Starts Work on Surat Airport". Business Standard. 16 Feb 2004. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Air Deccan's maiden Surat flight washed out". rediff.com. 19 July 2004. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Air Deccan suspends Surat operations". Business Standard. 18 July 2005. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Magdalla airport upgraded for connectivity". Times of India. 26 Feb 2009. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  6. ^ AAI website, 18 August 2010, retrieved 31 October 2011 
  7. ^ a b [http:// "Surat airport: AAI asks govt for 864 ha"]. DNA. 28 Feb 2009. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  8. ^ Surat airport's terminal to open today
  9. ^ Glimpses of new Surat airport terminal building(Images)
  10. ^ http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-spicejet-flight-hits-animal-before-take-off-at-surat-airport-flights-suspended-2032766

External links[edit]

http://m.ndtv.com/article/india/spicejet-flight-hits-buffalo-during-takeoff-at-surat-airport-617258