Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport

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Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport
ਸ੍ਰੀ ਗੁਰੂ ਰਾਮਦਾਸ ਜੀ ਕੌਮਾਂਤਰੀ ਹਵਾਈ ਅੱਡਾ
Amritsar Airport Entrance.jpg
IATA: ATQICAO: VIAR
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Airports Authority of India
Serves Amritsar, India
Location Amritsar, India
Elevation AMSL 756 ft / 230 m
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
Website www.aai.aero/...
Map
ATQ is located in India airports
ATQ
ATQ
Location within India
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16/34 12,001 3,658 Asphalt
Statistics (2014-15)
Passenger movements 1,083,684 (Increase5.0%)
Aircraft movements 9,410 (Decrease6.4%)
Cargo tonnage 859 (Decrease46.8%)
Source: AAI,[1][2]

Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport (IATA: ATQICAO: VIAR) named after Guru Ram Das, 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. It is located on the Amritsar-Ajnala Road, near the village of Raja Sansi. Besides Amritsar, the airport serves neighbouring areas of Punjab, Western districts of Himachal Pradesh and Southern districts of Jammu and Kashmir. The new integrated terminal has double the capacity of the old terminal.

Expansion and renovation[edit]

Baggage area at the airport before its unveiling

The arrivals section of the old terminal was inaugurated in September 1995, 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. The airport registered a passenger growth of 64.6% during April–December 2009 which made it the fastest growing airport in India.[3]

The integrated terminal building at Amritsar has an annual capacity of 1.46 million passengers with a peak hour capacity of 1,200 passengers. The integrated 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.[4]

Runway[edit]

Airports Authority of India (AAI) had placed orders for equipment required for a CAT II Instrument Landing System (ILS) from a German-based flight safety equipment firm Thales.[5] The ILS became operational on 23 December 2011.

The present CAT II system has 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.[6] [7]

The runway is currently going through an upgrade of its inset lighting. [8]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

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

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