Jodhpur Airport

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Jodhpur Airport
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Summary
Airport typeCivil enclave
OperatorAirports Authority of India
LocationJodhpur
Elevation AMSL219 m / 717 ft
Coordinates26°15′04″N 073°02′56″E / 26.25111°N 73.04889°E / 26.25111; 73.04889Coordinates: 26°15′04″N 073°02′56″E / 26.25111°N 73.04889°E / 26.25111; 73.04889
Websitehttps://aai.aero
Map
JDH is located in Rajasthan
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JDH is located in India
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Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 2,745 9,005 Concrete/asphalt
Statistics (April 2018 - 31 March 2019)
Passenger movements506,826 (Increase8%)
Aircraft movements5,540 (Decrease7.4%)
Source: AAI[1][2][3]

Jodhpur Airport (IATA: JDH, ICAO: VIJO) is a civil enclave airport in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. It is operated by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and shares its airside with the Jodhpur Air Base of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

The Government of Rajasthan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Air Force for the expansion of the civil enclave in March 2017, wherein 37 acres of IAF land would be transferred to AAI.[4] In May 2021 it was transferred by IAF to AAI through JoDA, and the construction of a new terminal building started.[5] It is the 44th busiest airport in India, handling more than half a million passengers in the year 2018 - 2019.

History[edit]

The Jodhpur Flying Club was set up by Maharaja Umaid Singh in the 1920s at a small airfield near his Chittar Palace (Umaid Bhavan Palace) in Jodhpur. Through the next three decades, the airfield grew in stature, being used as an airfield for the Royal Air Force (RAF) during World War II.[6] The airfield was upgraded in 1950 after the formation of the Royal Indian Air Force (which later became the Indian Air Force).[7] Jodhpur was home to the IAF's Air Force Flying College until the 1965 war.[8]

Structure[edit]

Jodhpur airport's 12-acre civil enclave contains a terminal building measuring a built-up area of 5690 m2, which is capable of handling 430 passengers per hour. The terminal has seven check-in counters and three boarding gates.

The adjoining concrete apron measures 140 by 100 metres and has three parking bays that can cater to two A320s and an ATR aircraft simultaneously.

Jodhpur's runway is oriented 05/23, is 2743 metres long and 45 metres wide. The airfield is equipped with night landing facilities and an Instrument Landing System (ILS) as well as navigational facilities like DVOR/DME and an NDB.[9]

Jodhpur Air Force Base[edit]

Squadrons of HAL Dhruv, Mikoyan MiG-27, Mil Mi-17 and Sukhoi Su-30MKI aircraft are operated by the IAF from this airfield. It was active during the Kargil War of 1999. French-made Dassault Rafale fighter aircraft are expected to operate from Jodhpur air base. There is also a battalion of the Garud Commando Force here.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Inside Jodhpur Airport ticketing and baggage screening area.
AirlinesDestinations
Air India Delhi, Mumbai
IndiGo Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Kolkata, Mumbai
SpiceJet Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai
Star Air Belgaum
Vistara Delhi, Mumbai

Statistics[edit]

Annual passenger traffic at JDH airport. See source Wikidata query.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2019: Annexure-III" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2019. p. 3. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2019: Annexure-II" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2019. p. 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 May 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-IV" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 May 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  4. ^ "MoU inked to expand Jodhpur airport". The Times of India. 27 March 2017. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  5. ^ "IAF barters land for expansion of Jodhpur airport | Jaipur News - Times of India". The Times of India.
  6. ^ The History of the Jodhpur Flying Club, CGPublishing, retrieved 30 November 2011
  7. ^ "South Asia's Most Powerful Air Base at Jodhpur". Defence News. 6 October 2011. Archived from the original on 7 April 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2011.
  8. ^ "Side Show in the South-Western Sector". Bharat Rakshak.com. Archived from the original on 17 November 2011. Retrieved 30 November 2011.
  9. ^ "AAI website". Archived from the original on 7 June 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2011.

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