Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport
|Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport|
|IATA: AMD – ICAO: VAAH
|Owner/Operator||Airports Authority of India|
|Location||Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India|
|Hub for||Blue Dart Aviation|
|Elevation AMSL||189 ft / 58 m|
|Statistics (Apr '13 – Mar '14)|
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (IATA: AMD, ICAO: VAAH) is an international airport serving the 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 India's first Deputy Prime Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. It is the eighth busiest airport in overall passenger traffic in India and a focus city for Air India, Blue Dart Aviation, IndiGo, Jet Airways and SpiceJet.
The airport currently consists of four terminals: domestic, international, an additional terminal for secondary traffic and a cargo terminal. 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.
The new terminal has a half kilometre long moving walkway, which connects the two terminals. Airports Authority of India (AAI) will construct a new technical block which will enhance the flight handling capacity and provide better control of flights.
Terminal 1 – Domestic
Terminal 1 has 30 check-in counters and has an area of 45,000 m2 (480,000 sq ft).
Terminal 2 – International
T2 was inaugurated on 4 July 2010 and opened for use on 15 September 2010. 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. The new 51,975 sq m apron area can cater for the parking of 9 A-321 and 4 ATR-72 type of aircraft.
Cargo Terminal handles all cargo operations. Of all the cargo handled at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, about 56% is international.
Airlines and destinations
|Air Costa||Bangalore, Chennai||1|
|Air India||Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai||1|
|Air India||Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kuwait, Mumbai, Muscat, Newark||2|
|Etihad Airways||Abu Dhabi||2|
|GoAir||Bagdogra, Delhi, Guwahati, Kolkata, Mumbai, Patna, Ranchi||1|
|IndiGo||Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune||1|
|Jet Airways||Kolkata, Mumbai, Vishakhapatnam||1|
|JetKonnect||Bangalore, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Coimbatore, Delhi, Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Pune, Raipur||1|
|SpiceJet||Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Port Blair, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune||1|
|Blue Dart Aviation||Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai|
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Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport is located 8 km from Ahmedabad Railway station and Central Bus Stand. For the convenience of travellers, there is a prepaid taxi booth at the airport premises itself. The city centre is 15 km south-west of the airport. Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Service (AMTS) also runs a local bus service to the Airport. There are also plans to extend the Ahmedabad BRTS bus routes to cover the Airport. A direct metro rail linking the airport with the city centre is also being considered.
Incidents and accidents
- 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 Ahmedabad, 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 Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport on 22 July 2010. There were 57 passengers and four crew members on board the ATR flight. Some passengers were feared to have received minor injuries but Jet Airways officials declined the speculations. The nose wheel reportedly collapsed due to a tyre burst.
Proposed new airport
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- Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport at Airports Authority of India web site
- Airport information for VAAH at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
- "Fly out of Changi, in apnu Amdavad". The Times of India. 28 June 2009.
- "New terminal soon at A'bad international airport". expressindia.com. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
- "Rs 90 crore for new air traffic control block at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport". DNA Ahmedabad Edition.
- "Plane's nose wheel collapses, passengers safe". IBNLive.com. Retrieved 1 February 2011.