Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport

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Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerAirport Authority of India
OperatorAirports Authority of India
LocationIndore, Madhya Pradesh, India
Focus city forIndigo
Elevation AMSL1,850 ft / 528 m
Coordinates22°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 9,022 2,750 Composite
Statistics (April 2018 - March 2019)
Passenger movements3,158,938(Increase39.8%)
Aircraft movements18,692 (Increase29.8%)
Cargo tonnage10,851(Increase7.5%)
Source: AAI [1][2][3]

Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar 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 is the 18th busiest airport in India by passenger traffic 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 has been adjudged as the best airport in under 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 has bestowed Worlds Standardization 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 Mr. 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 5600 feet in length was completed by March 1966 at a cost of 1.5 million 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, spread over 18,000 m2. The adjoining concrete aprons have parking bays to cater to 5 ATR-72, 4 Airbus A-321 and 3 Boeing 737 aircraft simultaneously.[6] Indore's sole runway 07/25 is 2750 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.


Integrated terminal[edit]

Indore's new expandable integrated terminal building was inaugurated on 14 February 2012. It was built by AAI at a cost of Rs 1.35 billion 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 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 3 aerobridges serving the airport. As regards the amenities, 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 expansion stage. A new terminal adjoining the current terminal, along with an airport hotel and a convention center is planned at the airport site. Also, the land area of the airport will be expanded.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirAsia India Bengaluru, Delhi, Goa, Mumbai
Air IndiaDelhi, Dubai-International, Mumbai[9]
Alliance AirDelhi, Gwalior, Mumbai
IndiGo Ahmedabad (begins 28 October 2019),[10] Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Raipur, Shirdi (Begins 27 October 2019) [11]
Trujet Ahmedabad, Hyderabad[12]
Vistara Delhi (begins 26 October 2019)[13]
SpiceJet Ahmedabad (Cargo)[14]


  1. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-III" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 4. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-II" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 May 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-IV" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 May 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  4. ^ Madhya Pradesh district gazetteers, Volume 17. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  5. ^ "international operations". 27 August 2018.
  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". Times of India. 10 February 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  9. ^ "Air India Announces New International Flights, Check Routes Here". NDTV. 15 July 2019.
  10. ^ "New Flights of IndiGo". IndiGo. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  11. ^ "New Flights".
  12. ^ "New Flights".
  13. ^ "Vistara to start daily flight on Delhi-Indore route from October 26". Business Standard. 14 September 2019.
  14. ^ "Indore: Cargo service starts from city airport". Free Press. 12 October 2019.

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