Surat Airport

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Surat Airport
Surat Airport.jpg
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Airports Authority of India
Serves Surat
Location Surat, Gujarat, India
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 16 ft / 5 m
Coordinates 21°7′3.57″N 72°44′42.93″E / 21.1176583°N 72.7452583°E / 21.1176583; 72.7452583Coordinates: 21°7′3.57″N 72°44′42.93″E / 21.1176583°N 72.7452583°E / 21.1176583; 72.7452583
Website www.aai.aero/allAirports/surat_generalinfo.jsp
Map
STV is located in Gujarat
STV
STV
STV is located in India
STV
STV
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
04/22 9,670 2,905 Asphalt

Surat Airport (IATA: STVICAO: VASU) is a domestic airport located in Magdalla, 11 kilometres (7 mi) southwest of Surat in the western Indian state of Gujarat. The airport, with a total area of 770 acres (312 ha), currently caters to scheduled airline services as well as private aircraft and is also home to a flying training school.[1]

History[edit]

Surat Airport was built by the state government of Gujarat. During the 1990s, Vayudoot and Gujarat Airways flew to Surat Airport but both discontinued their flights in May 1994 and January 2000, respectively. The airport, with a 1,400 metres (4,600 ft) airstrip and an adjoining 60 by 40 metres (200 ft × 130 ft) apron was then transferred to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) in 2003, who began to modernise the airport.[2] After a failed initial attempt in July 2004 to connect Surat with Mumbai and Bhavnagar due to poor airport infrastructure,[3] the now defunct airline Air Deccan operated an ATR 42 aircraft daily from November 2004 to July 2005.[4]

Surat remained the only city in the world with a population of over 4.6 million people without a functioning airport until commercial services resumed on 6 May 2007 with an Indian Airlines Airbus A319 flight to Delhi flagged off by Indian Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel at 12:40 IST.[5] By this time, major improvements had been made to the airport.

Structure[edit]

The new Surat airport terminal building was inaugurated on 27 February 2009 by Union Minister of State for Petroleum Dinsha Patel, in the absence of Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel, who had to cancel his visit due to unavoidable circumstances.[6] The terminal building, constructed at a cost of Rs 40 crore, has a total floor area of 8,500 sq mt and can handle 240 passengers per hour. It is equipped with CCTV cameras, two Baggage carousels in the arrivals hall and one hand baggage X-ray machine, among other modern facilities like two air bridges with Visual Docking Guidance System, two elevators and two escalators, and a 120-seat lounge. Also, Coffee Culture and other shops have been added.[7][8]

The adjoining concrete apron measures 235 by 90 metres, and is linked by two taxiways to its sole runway that is oriented 04/22, is 2250 metres long and 45 metres wide which has already been extended to 2905 metres till 2017. 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] The new airport is accessible through Gaurav Path, a newly developed express-road at Piplod. City buses operate between the airport and city center.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air India Delhi
Alliance Air Mumbai
SpiceJet Delhi, Goa (begins 1 June 2017),[10] Hyderabad (begins 1 June 2017),[10] Jaipur (begins 1 June 2017),[10] Kolkata (begins 1 July 2017),[10] Patna (begins 1 July 2017)[10]
Ventura AirConnect Ahmedabad, Amreli, Bhavnagar, Rajkot

Future development[edit]

Waiting area in the terminal

The Airport Authority of India announced that the Airport required 864 hectares of land, and the Gujarat government has allocated such land for the development. Planned improvements at the airport include a capacity to handle up to 7 jets at a time, extending the runway to 2905 meters. The extension work of the runway has begun.[6]

Surat airport has got the much-needed infrastructure push with the Airport Authority of India (AAI) approving the expansion plan for the terminal building. The expansion was necessary considering the increase in passenger traffic and future requirement to commence international flight operations.

The present terminal building spread on 3,600 sq m will be extended on both the sides, adding another 5,746 sq m. This will take the total area of the terminal building at 9,346 sq. The carpet area of the terminal's first floor will be nearly doubled from 3,200 sq m to 6,172 sq m AAI sources said that that work on expansion will begin shortly. The number of aerobridges will also be increased from two to five.

Recently, executive director (western region) of AAI, K Hemalatha had written to the Director General of the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) proposing that Surat airport be customs notified for commencing international operations of passenger and cargo by the first quarter of 2017. Hemalatha stated that the AAI has identified Surat airport in the WR, which has strong potential for international flight operations.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "City gets flying academy, youth's aspirations new wings". Times of India. 21 October 2009. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Airports Authority of India Starts Work on Surat Airport". Business Standard. 16 Feb 2004. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Air Deccan's maiden Surat flight washed out". rediff.com. 19 July 2004. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Air Deccan suspends Surat operations". Business Standard. 18 July 2005. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Magdalla airport upgraded for connectivity". Times of India. 26 Feb 2009. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Surat airport: AAI asks govt for 864 ha". DNA. 28 Feb 2009. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Surat airport's terminal to open today". The Times of India. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "Glimpses of new Surat airport terminal building(Photos)". DeshGujarat. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  9. ^ AAI website, 18 August 2010, retrieved 31 October 2011 
  10. ^ a b c d e "SpiceJet flight schedules". Spicejet.com. Retrieved 25 April 2017.