Kishangarh Airport, Ajmer
|Owner/Operator||Airports Authority of India|
|Serves||Ajmer, Kishangarh, Pushkar, Bhilwara and Nagaur.|
Kishangarh Airport, Ajmer (IATA: KQH, ICAO: VIKG) is situated at Kishangarh on National Highway 8, 27 km North-East of Ajmer in Rajasthan, India.. The airport was inaugurated on 11 October 2017. It is operated by the Airports Authority of India (AAI), covers an area of 742 acres and has a 2,000 metre long runway. It is also famous for Bani Thani painting. The airport is expected to facilitate transport to the pilgrim sites like the Dargah of Khwaja Garib Nawaz, Pushkar and fort of Prithvi raj Chouhan in the city of Ajmer.
The original proposal for an airport at Kishangarh came following Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's visit to Ajmer. Initial government efforts to acquire land for the project at Sardana had to be abandoned before the current location was chosen by the district administration. Kishangarh Airport, Ajmer is the first of over 100 airports that are to be built in India by 2020. The foundation stone of the project was laid by the then Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh in September 2013. The project was undertaken by the Airports Authority of India at a cost of about ₹161 crores. 441 acres of land was handed over for the project in 2013. Demands for naming the airport after Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, Veer Teja Ji, Marble City and Prithviraj Chauhan . The airport was inaugurated on 11 October 2017 by the Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha and Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.
Terminal and Facilities
The 2700 sq m passenger terminal building can handle 150 in and out-bound passengers per hour. Other features at the terminal include 6 check-in counters, one X-ray screening machine for baggage screening and an elevated baggage conveyor belt in the arrivals terminal. The airport has parking space for 125 cars. The terminal features three-dimensional murals made of marble, 'Bani Thani' portraits, the paintings of the Kishangarh school of paintings and fountains to give the project a local touch. The airport has a 2,000 metre long runway that will allow daytime operation of smaller aircraft. The parking apron is able to simultaneously accommodate two ATR aircraft.
India will generate 100 megawatt power from solar energy to light up the airport. Considering the scarcity of water in the area, AAI has built a water harvesting system at the airport as also a modern sewage treatment plant for re-use of water.
Airlines and destinations
|Spicejet||Ahmedabad, Delhi, Hyderabad|
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