Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport

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Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport
Ahmedabad Airport Terminal 2.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic–private partnership
Owner/OperatorAAI/Adani Ahmedabad International Airport Limited (AAIAL)
Serves
LocationAhmedabad, Gujarat, India
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL58 m / 189 ft
Coordinates23°04′38″N 072°38′05″E / 23.07722°N 72.63472°E / 23.07722; 72.63472Coordinates: 23°04′38″N 072°38′05″E / 23.07722°N 72.63472°E / 23.07722; 72.63472
Websiteahmedabad.adaniairports.com
Maps
AMD is located in Ahmedabad
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AMD is located in Gujarat
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AMD is located in India
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Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 3,505 11,811 Concrete/Asphalt
Statistics (April 2019 - March 2020)
Passengers11,432,996 (Increase2.3%)
Aircraft movements84,577 (Increase7.9%)
Cargo tonnage103,741 (Increase2.0%)
Source: AAI[2][3][4]

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (SVPIA) (IATA: AMD, ICAO: VAAH) is an international airport serving the twin cities of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar in Gujarat, India. The airport is located in Hansol, 9 km (5.6 mi) north of central Ahmedabad. It is named after Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the 1st Deputy Prime Minister of India. The Airport is the busiest and largest airport in the Indian state of Gujarat.

In fiscal year 2019-20, it handled about 11.43 million passengers making it the seventh-busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic in India. [5] The airport serves as a focus city for GoAir. In 2015, the government started the procedure for the privatisation of the airport. New Dholera International Airport is being developed due to expansion constraints at the current airport.

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Ahmedabad Airport domestic terminal

It was awarded as “Most improved airport” in Asia-Pacific region by the Airports Council International for 2017.[6]

History[edit]

The statue of Sardar Patel installed within the airport in 2011.

The airport was set up in 1937, while international operations began on 26 January 1991. It was categorised as an International airport on 23 May 2000.[7] In 2010, the new terminal 2 was inaugurated for handling international passengers. A 18-foot-tall (5.5 m) statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was also inaugurated at the airport.[8][9] In 2015, the AAI invited proposals for privatisation of Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata and Jaipur airports.[10]

A 700 kWp rooftop solar plant was commissioned at the airport on 21 March 2017.[11]

Structure[edit]

The airport currently consists of four terminals: domestic, international, an additional terminal for secondary traffic and a cargo terminal as well. The airport has 45 parking bays and both the international and domestic terminals have four aero-bridges each. The new terminal has been modelled based on Singapore Changi Airport.[12]

The new terminal has a half-kilometre-long moving walkway, which connects the two terminals.[13] Airports Authority of India (AAI) will construct a new technical block which will enhance the flight handling capacity and provide better control of flights.[14]

Runway[edit]

The airport has a single runway that is 3,505 metres (11,499 ft) long.[15]

Air traffic control tower[edit]

As part of the airport modernisation process, the AAI announced that it would construct a new air traffic control (ATC) building that would include a new airport tower 65 metres (213 ft) in height.[16]

Terminals[edit]

Terminal 1[edit]

Terminal 1 has 32 check-in counters and has an area of 45,000 m2 (480,000 sq ft).

In December 2018, a new Plaza Premium lounge was opened at Domestic Terminal 1 (near Gate 4 on first floor), which caters for Priority Pass and other select bank cards as well as some business class passengers based on airline flown.

Terminal 2[edit]

Interior of Terminal 2

T2 was inaugurated on 5 July 2010 and opened for use on 15 September 2010. The terminal won the award for the best Steel Structure at the 2009 edition of the National Structural Steel Design and Construction Awards.[17] The terminal has four aerobridges and 32 check-in counters. With the total floor area of approximately 41,000 sq. meters, this terminal will be able to accommodate around 1,600 passengers at any given time. In November 2018, a new Plaza Premium lounge was opened at International Departure area of Terminal 2, which caters for business class and first class passengers as well as passengers holding Priority Pass and other Bank card. The new 51,975-square-metre (559,450 sq ft) apron area can cater for the parking of nine A-321 and four ATR-72 type of aircraft.

Terminal 3[edit]

Terminal 3 will come up next to Terminal 1. The Terminal would be used solely for Domestic flights. The Foundation and construction work begun in early 2019.

Cargo Terminal[edit]

The airport handled 51,637 tonnes of cargo, inclusive of gold and silver in 2013–14. Sixty percent of the cargo comes from domestic sources.[18] In 2009, 3,685 square metres (39,670 sq ft) of land was leased for a period of seven years out by the AAI to Gujarat Agro Industries Corporation to set up a center for perishable cargo. However, due to a government policy that prevented third-party operations at airports run by the AAI, the CPC was not in use until July 2014, when the minister of state for civil aviation announced that the government had issued a No Objection Certificate for commencement of operations.[19] In 2014, it was announced that the airport would be getting a dedicated cargo terminal which is expected to come up at Terminal 3.[18]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Air India Delhi, Mumbai
AirAsia India Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi,[20] Mumbai
Air DeccanBhavnagar, Diu, Mundra[21]
Alliance Air Kandla, Nashik
FlyBigBhopal, Indore
GoAir Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Indore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Varanasi
IndiGo Bagdogra, Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore,[22][23] Dehradun, Delhi, Dubai–International, Goa, Hubli, Hyderabad, Imphal, Indore, Jaipur, Jodhpur (begins 1 April 2021), [24] Kolhapur,[25] Kolkata, Kuwait, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi,[26][27] Varanasi
SpiceJet Ajmer, Amritsar, Bagdogra,[28] Bangalore, Chennai, Dehradun (resumes 28 March 2021),[29] Delhi, Dubai–International, Goa, Guwahati,[29] Gwalior,[29] Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Kanpur, Mumbai, Patna, Pune, Udaipur, Varanasi
Star Air Ajmer, Belgaum
TruJet Kandla, Nashik, Porbandar
Vistara Delhi, Mumbai

Cargo[edit]

AirlinesDestinationsRefs.
Blue Dart Aviation Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai
Emirates SkyCargo Dubai–Al Maktoum
Ethiopian Airlines Cargo Addis Ababa
SpiceXpress Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai
Turkish Airlines Cargo Istanbul–Atatürk
Qatar Airways Cargo Doha [30]

Statistics[edit]

See source Wikidata query and sources.


Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • Indian Airlines Flight 113 operating from Mumbai to Ahmedabad crashed on its final approach to the airport on 19 October 1988, killing 130 people including all 6 crew members. The flight was cleared for a visual approach into a foggy airport, when it struck trees and a high-tension pylon at a distance of 5 km from Runway 23, before crashing into a field and bursting into flames.
  • Jet Airways Flight 2510, coming in from Indore collapsed on the runway while landing at the airport on 22 July 2010. There were 57 passengers and four crew members on board the ATR flight. Some passengers received minor injuries as the nose wheel reportedly collapsed due to a tyre burst.[31]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2020: Annexure-IV" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 21 May 2020. p. 3. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
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  10. ^ Mukherjee, Sharmishtha (12 February 2015). "Eight firms line up to bid for airport privatisation projects". Indian Express. New Delhi. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
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  14. ^ "Rs 90 crore for new air traffic control block at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport". DNA Ahmedabad Edition. 15 December 2009.
  15. ^ Jain, Ankur (20 March 2011). "Runway repair at Ahmedabad airport to hit summer travel". Times of India. Ahmedabad. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
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  17. ^ Jha, Satish (1 February 2011). "New Ahmedabad airport terminal wins award". Daily News and Analysis. Ahmedabad. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
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  25. ^ "IndiGo to commence Ahmedabad-Kolhapur service in Feb-2021".
  26. ^ Shahi, Alok (2 February 2021). "Ahmedabad IndiGo Flight: आज से रांची- अहमदाबाद के लिए इंडिगो की फ्लाइट शुरू; देखें Booking Details". Dainik Jagran (in Hindi). Retrieved 2 February 2021.
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  31. ^ "Plane's nose wheel collapses, passengers safe". IBNLive.com. Retrieved 1 February 2011.

External links[edit]

Media related to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport at Wikimedia Commons