Jaipur International Airport (IATA: JAI, ICAO: VIJP) is the primary airport serving Jaipur, the capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan. Jaipur International Airport has been declared as the World's Best Airport in the category of 2 to 5 million passengers per annum for 2015 according to Airports Council International.
It is located in the southern suburb of Sanganer, 13 km (8.1 mi) from Jaipur. The airport was granted the status of international airport on 29 December 2005. The civil apron can accommodate 14 aircraft and the new terminal building can handle up to 1000 passengers at a time.
Jaipur International Airport
Jaipur International Airport Terminal 2 from Apron
The new domestic terminal building at the airport was inaugurated on 1 July 2009. The new terminal has an area of 22,950 square metres (247,000 sq ft) with facilities such as central heating system, central air conditioning, inline x-ray baggage inspection system integrated with the departure conveyor system, inclined arrival baggage claim carousels, escalators, public address system, flight information display system, CCTV for surveillance, airport check-in counters with Common Use Terminal Equipment (CUTE), car parking, etc. The International Terminal building has peak hour passenger handling capacity of 500 passengers and annual handling capacity of 400,000. The entrance gate is made of sandstone and Dholpur stones along with Rajasthani paintings on the walls. Runway expansion work at the airport started in February 2014 and was completed by July 2015 at an estimated cost of Rs.98 crore. The expansion allows the airport to accommodate wide-body aircraft.
Beginning from July 16, 2012, Terminal 1 was closed to passenger traffic and was remodeled to handle solely cargo operations. The cargo terminal is adjacent to the old passenger terminal building and has an area of approximately 700 square metres (7,500 sq ft). The cargo facility is being provided by Rajasthan Small Scale Industries, a public sector undertaking of Government of Rajasthan.
On 18 February 1969, Douglas DC-3 VT-CJH of Indian Airlines crashed on take-off on a scheduled passenger flight. The aircraft was overloaded and take-off was either downwind or with a crosswind. All 30 people on board survived.
On 9 August 1971, Vickers Viscount VT-DIX of Indian Airlines was damaged beyond economic repair when it overran the runway. The aircraft landed with a tailwind on a wet runway.
On 5 January 2014, Flight AI-890 Airbus A320 VT-ESH of Air India from Imphal to Delhi via Guwahati was diverted to Jaipur airport due to heavy fog in Delhi. The rear tyre of the plane burst during landing, damaging the right wing. The plane received substantial damage and the aircraft was written off. All 173 passengers and 6 crew members survived.