Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport

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Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar International Airport
Indore Airport Terminal 16 5 2018.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerAirport Authority of India
OperatorAirports Authority of India
LocationIndore, Madhya Pradesh, India
Hub forFlyBig
Elevation AMSL1,850 ft / 528 m
Coordinates22°43′18″N 75°48′03″E / 22.72167°N 75.80083°E / 22.72167; 75.80083Coordinates: 22°43′18″N 75°48′03″E / 22.72167°N 75.80083°E / 22.72167; 75.80083
IDR is located in Madhya Pradesh
IDR is located in India
Direction Length Surface
ft m
07/25 9,035 2,754 Composite
Statistics (April 2020 - March 2021)
Passenger movements896,304(Decrease69.3%)
Aircraft movements9,966 (Decrease56.5%)
Cargo tonnage8,054(Decrease25.2%)
Source: AAI[1][2][3]

Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar International Airport (IATA: IDR, ICAO: VAID) is an international airport that principally serves Indore and adjacent regions in the Indian State of Madhya Pradesh. It is the busiest airport in Central India and is located 8 km west of Indore. According to the statistics released by the Airports Authority of India, the agency responsible for the maintenance and management of the airport, it was the 18th busiest airport in India by passenger traffic in the year 2018-19. The airport is named after Maharani Ahilya Bai Holkar of Indore, belonging to the Holkar dynasty of the Maratha Empire.

Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport, Indore was adjudged as the best airport in under 20 lakh (2 million) annual passenger footfall category in Asia Pacific region in the Airports Council International (ACI)'s airport service quality (ASQ) rankings for the year 2017. The World Book of Records, UK bestowed Worlds Standardisation Certification to Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport, Indore for the achievement of ACI Award 2017 on 9 April 2018.

Since 24 March 2018 it has started operations 24*7 with night landing facilities.


The Holkar State Administration, after consulting Nevill Vintcent of Messrs Tata and Sons (Aviation Department), selected the Bijasan site for the construction of the airport in 1935. Air services from Indore to Gwalior, Delhi and Mumbai began in July 1948. The airport was handed over to the Government of India in April 1950 under the Central Financial Integration Scheme. A new runway measuring 5,600 feet in length was completed by March 1966 at a cost of 15 lakh to accommodate larger aircraft. Night landing facilities were also provided.[4] The Ministry of Civil Aviation has given its approval to the airport for operating international flights making it the first airport in Madhya Pradesh to do so.[5]


Indore Airport measures 729 acres and the current terminal building is spread over 18,000 m2. The main apron has space for 1-B737, 4-B737/A321, 4-ATR72 and 1-Q400 aircraft simultaneously. MPFC Flying Club is at the south end of the runway; its apron has space for 4- C172 aircraft simultaneously.[6] Indore's sole runway 07/25 is 2,750 metres long and 45 metres wide.

The airfield is equipped with night landing facilities and a CAT-1 Instrument Landing System (ILS) (on Runway 25 only) as well as navigational facilities like DVOR/DME and an NDB. The runway is being extended as a part of the expansion plan for the airport.


Terminal view from aircraft
Interior of Devi Ahilya Bai Airport terminal

Indore's new expandable integrated terminal building was inaugurated on 14 February 2012. It was built by AAI at a cost of ₹ 135 crore and is capable of handling 700 passengers per hour.[7] The new terminal has modern escalators and a high-tech baggage handling system. It caters to the movement of 96 flights every day. In preparation towards the proposed international operations, it will have 16 check-in counters, 16 immigration counters (four for departure and 12 for arrivals) and four counters for customs, apart from 569 CCTVs and X-ray machines for security.

There are three aerobridges serving the airport. The terminal has one lift and one escalator conveyor belt for baggage. As per the international standards, it has two ATMs (01 SBI and 01 Union Bank of India), shopping stalls and a food court.[8] The airport is under an expansion stage. A new terminal adjoining the current terminal, along with an airport hotel and a convention center, are planned at the airport site. Also, the land area of the airport will be expanded.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Air Arabia Sharjah (begins 31 October 2022)
Air India Delhi, Dubai–International, Mumbai
Flydubai Dubai–International (begins 22 september 2022)
IndiGo Ahmedabad, Allahabad,[9] Bangalore, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi (begins 5 August 2022), Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Gwalior,[10] Hyderabad, Jabalpur,[11] Jaipur, Jodhpur,[9] Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Raipur, Surat[9]
SpiceJet[12] Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai (begins all 22 september 2022)
Star Air Ajmer, Belgaum
Thai Smile Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi (begins 22 september 2022)
Vistara Delhi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Annexure III - Passenger Data" (PDF). Retrieved 19 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Annexure II - Aircraft Movement Data" (PDF). Retrieved 19 May 2021.
  3. ^ "Annexure IV - Freight Movement Data" (PDF). Retrieved 19 May 2021.
  4. ^ (India), Madhya Pradesh (1827). Madhya Pradesh district gazetteers, Volume 17. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Aviation: Indore airport gets nod to operate international flights". Zee Business. 27 August 2018. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Airports Authority of India". 20 April 2010. Archived from the original on 2 February 2017.
  7. ^ "New terminal of Devi Ahilya Bai airport inaugurated". Daily Bhaskar. 15 April 2012. Archived from the original on 18 January 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  8. ^ "International flights from Indore by mid-2012". The Times of India. 10 February 2012. Archived from the original on 20 April 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  9. ^ a b c "IndiGo New Flights Information". IndiGo. Retrieved 15 October 2021.
  10. ^ "IndiGo To Start Daily Flights Connecting Gwalior With Indore, Delhi From September 1". 14 August 2021.
  11. ^ "IndiGo to start 8 flights connecting this Madhya Pradesh city this month". Retrieved 26 August 2021.
  12. ^ "Spicejet flight schedule". SpiceJet. Retrieved 17 January 2022.

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