Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport

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Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport
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Airport type Public
Operator Airports Authority of India
Serves Amritsar, India
Location Rajasansi, Amritsar, India
Elevation AMSL 230 m / 756 ft
Coordinates 31°42′28″N 074°47′57″E / 31.70778°N 74.79917°E / 31.70778; 74.79917Coordinates: 31°42′28″N 074°47′57″E / 31.70778°N 74.79917°E / 31.70778; 74.79917
ATQ is located in Punjab
ATQ is located in India
Direction Length Surface
m ft
16/34 3,658 12,001 Asphalt
Statistics (April 2016- March 2017)
Passenger movements 1,566,407 (Increase25.3%)
Aircraft movements 11,606 (Increase19.7%)
Cargo tonnage 1,160 (Increase62.3%)
Source: AAI[1][2][3]

Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport (IATA: ATQICAO: VIAR) named after Guru Ram Das Ji, the fourth Sikh Guru and the founder of Amritsar city, is an international airport about 11 kilometres (7 mi) northwest of the city of Amritsar, India and is the largest airport of the state. It is located on the Amritsar-Ajnala Road, near the village of Raja Sansi. Besides Amritsar, the airport serves neighboring areas of Punjab, Western districts of Himachal Pradesh and Southern districts of Jammu and Kashmir. The new integrated terminal has doubled the capacity of the old terminal. There are 21 domestic and 8 international flights from this airport. The airport is ranked third best non-metro Indiaairports in a 2017 customer satisfaction survey.[4] The airport registered a traffic growth of 54.4 % from October 2016 to October 2017.[5]



Airport Entrance

The arrivals section of the old terminal was inaugurated in September 2005, and the departures section was made operational in March 2006. A new integrated terminal building, built in glass and steel and equipped with modern facilities like an inline X-ray baggage inspection and conveyor system, Flight Information Display System (FIDS), Common Use Terminal Equipment (CUTE), and CCTV for surveillance among others, was inaugurated on 25 February 2009, with an area of approximately 40,175 square metres (432,440 sq ft) marking an improvement over the earlier 12,770 square metres (137,500 sq ft) facility. The new terminal building is a blend of modern and Indian designs, constructed in glass and steel with Indian style arches and colours. For the quarter ending June 30, 2016, the airport registered a 59.6% growth of international passenger traffic.[6]

The integrated terminal building has now four aero bridges (including new recently fitted ones at bay no. 2 and bay no. 4), an annual capacity of 1.46 million passengers with a peak hour capacity of 1,200 passengers. The building has 30 check-in counters, 4 X-ray scanners (for baggage), 26 immigration Counters, 10 custom counters, 12 security check booths, and 4 conveyor belts for arrivals. The apron has been extended to cater for parking of a total of 14 aircraft (8 Category 'E’, 3 Category 'D’ and 3 Category 'C’ types of aircraft) from the earlier capacity of ten aircraft and strengthened for parking of Category 'E’ type of aircraft. The departure and arrival halls operate duty-free shops. The departure hall also accommodates foreign currency exchange service, a book store, restaurants and other shops for the convenience of departing passengers.[7]

In 2017, the Amritsar Vikas Manch (AVM) approached the Punjab and Haryana High court for resumption of non-stop flights to Birmingham and other destinations.[8]. Air India Birmingham office has announced launching of twice a week non-stop Amritsar-Birmingham flight from early 2018.[9]


CAT II ILS became operational on 23 December 2011 and reduced the visibility requirement for an aircraft landing at Amritsar Airport on Runway 34 from the existing 650 metres to 350 metres benefiting airlines in terms of increased safety and avoiding diversions to other airports resulting in better operational and environmental efficiency.[10][11] During 2016-17 runway upgrade, the flexible portion runway was strengthed and inset lighting installed for ILS CAT III at a cost of 150 crores.[12] On 12 Oct 2017, the Airports Authority of India issued CAT III-B low visibility procedures (LVP) for Amritsar Airport allowing landing at 50 m visual range.[13]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Air India Birmingham, Delhi, Mumbai, Nanded
Air India Express Dubai–International
IndiGo Bangalore, Delhi, Jammu, Mumbai, Srinagar
Jet Airways Delhi, Chennai
Malindo Air Kuala Lumpur–International
Qatar Airways Doha
Scoot Singapore
SpiceJet Delhi, Dubai–International, Mumbai
Turkmenistan Airlines Ashgabat
Uzbekistan Airways Tashkent
Vistara Delhi, Mumbai


External links[edit]

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