Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport

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Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport
Amritsar Airport Night View.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorAirports Authority of India
ServesAmritsar, Punjab, India
LocationRajasansi, Amritsar, India
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL230 m / 756 ft
Coordinates31°42′28″N 074°47′57″E / 31.70778°N 74.79917°E / 31.70778; 74.79917Coordinates: 31°42′28″N 074°47′57″E / 31.70778°N 74.79917°E / 31.70778; 74.79917
Map
ATQ is located in Punjab
ATQ
ATQ
ATQ is located in India
ATQ
ATQ
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
16/34 3,657 12,001 Asphalt
Statistics (April 2018 - March 2019)
Passengers2,523,794 (Increase8.8%)
Aircraft movements17,905 (Increase0.8%)
Cargo tonnage1,378 (Decrease17.8%)
Source: AAI[1]

Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport (IATA: ATQ, ICAO: VIAR) named after Guru Ram Das Ji, the fourth Sikh Guru and the founder of Amritsar city, is an international airport about 11 kilometres (7 mi) northwest of the city of Amritsar, Punjab, India. Beside this, the airport serves the neighbouring Western districts of Himachal Pradesh and Southern districts of Jammu and Kashmir. Amritsar Airport is the largest and busiest airport in the Indian state of Punjab and 21st busiest airport in India for daily scheduled operations.The airport was the fastest growing airport in India for growth in Passenger traffic during the fiscal year 2017-18.[2]

Facilities[edit]

Terminal[edit]

Terminal Exterior
Terminal interior

The arrivals section of the old terminal was inaugurated in September 2005, and the departures section was made operational in March 2006. A new integrated terminal building, built in glass and steel and equipped with modern facilities like an inline X-ray baggage inspection and conveyor system, Flight Information Display System (FIDS), Common Use Terminal Equipment (CUTE), and CCTV for surveillance among others, was inaugurated on 25 February 2009, with an area of approximately 40,175 square metres (432,440 sq ft) marking an improvement over the earlier 12,770 square metres (137,500 sq ft) facility. The new terminal building is a blend of modern and Indian designs, constructed in glass and steel with Indian style arches and colours. For the quarter ending 30 June 2016, the airport registered a 59.6% growth of international passenger traffic.[3]

The integrated terminal building has four aerobridges (including new recently fitted ones at bay no. 2 and bay no. 4), an annual capacity of 1.46 million passengers with a peak hour capacity of 1,200 passengers. The building has 30 check-in counters, 4 X-ray scanners (for baggage), 26 immigration Counters, 10 custom counters, 12 security check booths, and 4 conveyor belts for arrivals. The apron has been extended to cater for parking of a total of 25 aircraft (8 Category 'E’, 3 Category 'D’ and 13 Category 'C’ types of aircraft & 1 category 'E' for cargo) from the earlier capacity of 15 aircraft and strengthened for parking of Category 'C’ type of aircraft. The departure and arrival halls operate duty-free shops. The departure hall also accommodates foreign currency exchange service, a book store, restaurants and other shops for the convenience of departing passengers.[4] The airport registered India's highest passenger growth of over 48% for the year 2017-2018.[5]. Currently, the flights coming in the airport connect it direct to over 20 destinations across India and other countries.As per source,India's maiden airline Spicejet has filed for slots at London-Heathrow for starting direct flights between Amritsar and London.The flight is expected to start in Late March and this would make London as 2nd European destination out of Amritsar Airport[6]

Runway[edit]

CAT II ILS became operational on 23 December 2011 and reduced the visibility requirement for an aircraft landing at Amritsar Airport on Runway 34 from the existing 650 metres to 350 metres benefiting airlines in increased safety and avoiding diversions to other airports resulting in better operational and environmental efficiency.[7][8] During 2016-17 runway upgrade, the flexible portion runway was strengthened and inset lighting installed for ILS CAT III at a cost of 150 crores.[9] On 12 Oct 2017, the Airports Authority of India issued CAT III-B low visibility procedures (LVP) for Amritsar Airport allowing landing at 50 m visual range.[10]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinationsRefs.
AirAsia XKuala Lumpur–International [11]
Air India Birmingham,[12] Delhi, Mumbai, Nanded, Patna (begins 27 September 2019)[13]
Air India ExpressDubai–International [citation needed]
IndiGo Bengaluru, Delhi, Dubai–International, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Srinagar [14][15][16]
Malindo AirKuala Lumpur–International [citation needed]
Qatar AirwaysDoha [citation needed]
ScootSingapore [citation needed]
SpiceJet Dehradun, Dubai–International, Jaipur, Mumbai[17][18]
Turkmenistan Airlines Ashgabat
Uzbekistan Airways Tashkent
Vistara Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai [19]


Awards and Recognitions[edit]

Amritsar International Airport has been ranked 6th 'Best Regional Airport' in the region of India and Central Asia in 2019 by Skytrax,World's Largest organisation for awarding airlines and airports annually.[20].

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.aai.aero/en/business-opportunities/aai-traffic-news
  2. ^ C, D. "Amritsar beats all international Airports in India with 83.5% growth in domestic traffic - Asian Independent".
  3. ^ Khare, Harish (30 August 2016). "59.6% increase in passenger footfall at Amritsar airport". Tribuneindia.com. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  4. ^ Press Release By PIB http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=47938
  5. ^ "Amritsar airport tops country in terms of passenger growth | punjab | amritsar | Hindustan Times". M.hindustantimes.com. 22 April 2016. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Spicejet may connect London with Delhi, Amritsar from summer". Moneycontrol.
  7. ^ "Amritsar Airport ushers in CAT II Instrument Landing System" (PDF). Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Airports Authority of India". www.aai.aero. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Amritsar airport set for night flights after runway revamp". Tribuneindia.com. 30 April 2017. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Wayback Machine" (PDF). Web.archive.org. 9 December 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 December 2017. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  11. ^ "AirAsia flight schedule". airasia.com. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  12. ^ https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/285264/air-india-july-oct-2019-uk-service-adjustments/
  13. ^ https://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/air-india-to-start-services-on-three-routes-119061701269_1.html
  14. ^ "IndiGo flight schedules". goindigo.in. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  15. ^ "New Flights". www.goindigo.in.
  16. ^ "Amritsar-Dubai Indigo flight from October 28". 19 September 2018. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  17. ^ "SpiceJet New - Flights". 4 September 2018. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  18. ^ "SG Flights Schedule & Information for Domestic & International Flight". www.spicejet.com.
  19. ^ "Vistara flight schedules". airvistara.com. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  20. ^ https://www.worldairportawards.com/worlds-best-regional-airports-2019/

External links[edit]

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