Surat Airport

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Surat Airport
Surat Airport.jpg
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorAirports Authority of India
LocationSurat, Gujarat, India
Elevation AMSL16 ft / 5 m
Coordinates21°7′3.57″N 072°44′42.93″E / 21.1176583°N 72.7452583°E / 21.1176583; 72.7452583Coordinates: 21°7′3.57″N 072°44′42.93″E / 21.1176583°N 72.7452583°E / 21.1176583; 72.7452583
STV is located in Gujarat
STV is located in India
Direction Length Surface
ft m
04/22 9,530 2,905 Asphalt
Statistics (Apr '18 – March '19)
Passengers1,238,724 (Increase81.8%)
Aircraft movements14,548 (Increase35.2%)
Cargo (MT)3,411.94 (Increase391.00%)
Source: AAI[1][2]

Surat Airport[3] (IATA: STV, ICAO: VASU) is an customs airport located in Magdalla, Surat in the Indian state of Gujarat with a total area of 770 acres (312 ha). It is the second busiest airport in Gujarat after Ahmedabad in terms of both aircraft movements and passenger traffic. It was awarded the custom notified status on 9 June 2018. It is also home to a flying training school.[4][5]

Safari Airways.jpg


Surat Airport was built by the state government of Gujarat in early 1970s. The first airline to operate was Safari Airways (owned by Vijaypat Singhania of Raymonds group) with flights to Bombay and Bhavnagar with small aircraft, most probably a Douglas DC-3 Dakota [VT-CEB], in early 1970s, which was eventually discontinued in a year or two. During the 1990s, Vayudoot and Gujarat Airways flew to Surat Airport, but discontinued their flights in May 1994 and January 2000, respectively. The airport, with a 1,400-metre (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.[6] After a failed initial attempt in July 2004 to connect Surat with Mumbai and Bhavnagar due to poor airport infrastructure,[7] the now defunct airline Air Deccan operated an ATR 42 aircraft daily from November 2004 to July 2005.[8]

In 2007, the airport's 1,400-metre long runway was extended to 2,250 metres, to enable landing of larger aircraft. Subsequently, 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.[9] However, in October 2007, the runway was reportedly damaged due to poor quality of work during its extension.[10] As a result, a limitation was imposed on the runway to not allow more than two operations of aircraft having weight of over 75,000 kilogram up to its rated capacity of 80,000 kg until the runway was repaired.[11] In 2009, the AAI announced that the airport required 864 hectares of land, and the Gujarat government had allocated such land for the development. Planned improvements at the airport included a capacity to handle up to seven jets at a time and extending the runway to 3810 meters. The extension work of the runway was to have begun in 2009.[12] The November 2014 collision of a buffalo with a SpiceJet Boeing 737 prompted AAI to address the safety issues at the airport and extend the runway from 2250 metres to 2,905 metres at a cost of Rs. 50 crore.[11] The runway extension and repair was taken up in three phases. In the first phase, the runway was extended by 655 metres.[13] 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 in 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. [14]


Integrated terminal[edit]

The new Surat airport terminal building was inaugurated on 27 February 2009 by Union Minister of State for Petroleum Dinsha Patel.[12] The terminal building, constructed at a cost of Rs 40 crore, has a total floor area of 8,500 m² 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. Coffee Culture and other shops have been added.

Future expansion[edit]

In February 2017, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) approved plans for expansion of the Surat terminal building. The expected budget for the project is Rs. 350 crores and the project will expected to take two years. The extended terminal building will have a total area of 25520 After the extension, the terminal building will be capable to handle 1800 passengers (1200 domestic and 600 international) during peak hours daily. The extended terminal building will be equipped with all essential amenities like 20 check in counters, 26 immigration counters, 5 aero bridges, baggage conveyors and parking space to accommodate more than 500 cars. The other planned infrastructure development at Surat airport includes extension of apron for additional 10 number of bays for code c aircraft and full length parallel taxiway.[15]

Cargo terminal[edit]

AAI approved a plan for the modular cargo terminal at Surat airport. After approval of tender, work of construction of new cargo terminal was awarded to a Surat-based company for the 14000 sq.ft. cargo complex at Surat airport with ground level area of 10800 sq.ft. and first floor area of 3200 sq.ft. respectively. Construction of cargo terminal is completed within project completion period of 13 months and it will be fully operational by end of December 2019.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Air IndiaDelhi[16]
Air India ExpressSharjah[17]
Alliance AirMumbai
IndiGoBangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, [18]
SpiceJet Bhopal, Delhi, Goa, Gorakhpur, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Patna, Kolkata, Mumbai, Udaipur

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Traffic News for the month of Feb 2019: Annexure-II" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 10 February 2019. p. 4. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  3. ^ "surat international airport: Surat has got international airport status | Surat News - Times of India". Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  4. ^ "City gets flying academy, youth's aspirations new wings". Times of India. 21 October 2009. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 7 November 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Airports Authority of India Starts Work on Surat Airport". Business Standard. 16 February 2004. Archived from the original on 15 November 2011. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
  7. ^ "Air Deccan's maiden Surat flight washed out". 19 July 2004. Archived from the original on 26 January 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
  8. ^ "Air Deccan suspends Surat operations". Business Standard. 18 July 2005. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
  9. ^ "Magdalla airport upgraded for connectivity". Times of India. 26 February 2009. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
  10. ^ "Runway damage scars still hover over Surat airport". The Times of India. 23 February 2012. Archived from the original on 23 December 2017. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  11. ^ a b "Runway extension work speeded up at airport". The Times of India. 15 November 2014. Archived from the original on 23 December 2017. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  12. ^ a b "Surat airport: AAI asks govt for 864 ha". DNA. 28 February 2009. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
  13. ^ "Work to extend Surat airport runway to begin in July". The Times of India. 20 June 2015. Archived from the original on 2 December 2017. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  14. ^ AAI website, 18 August 2010, archived from the original on 28 January 2012, retrieved 31 October 2011
  15. ^ "AAI issues work order for Surat airport terminal extension - Surat News". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  16. ^ "Air India and Alliance Air schedules". Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  17. ^ Melvyn Reggie Thomas (16 January 2019). "Surat-Sharjah flight to take wings from January 30". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  18. ^ "Surat gets air connection to five more destinations | Surat News - Times of India". Retrieved 1 July 2018.