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Coordinates: 19°06′N 72°50′E / 19.1°N 72.833°E / 19.1; 72.833

Juhu A
Juhu aerodrome composite.jpg
IATA: noneICAO: VAJJ
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Airports Authority of India
Serves Mumbai (Bombay)
Location Juhu, India India
Elevation AMSL 13 ft / 4 m
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
08/26 3,750 1,143 Paved

Juhu Aerodrome (ICAO: VAJJ) an airport serving Mumbai (formerly Bombay), was India's first civil aviation airport.

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History

The aerodrome opened in 1928 as the then Vile Parle Flying Club. J. R. D. Tata, the father of civil aviation in India made India's maiden voyage from Juhu airport to Drigh Road airstrip, Karachi, via Ahmedabad, on October 15, 1932. The airport served as the city's sole airport till Santacruz airport, now Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport. It served as the city's airport up to and even during the 1939-45 war. Two bitumen runways were in operation and a third was planned for construction in 1939 but this never occurred.

At present, Juhu has only a single operational runway (08/26, 3750 ft/1143 m) and is run by the Airports Authority of India. It hosts a flying club with several executive and light aircraft, gliders, and a heliport to ferry Oil and Natural Gas Corporation personnel by carrier Pawan Hans to offshore oil rigs at Bombay High. The airfield is located at Juhu, an upmarket residential suburb of northwest Mumbai flanking the city's Juhu Beach along the Arabian sea.

Accidents and incidents

On 15 July 1953, a BOAC DH.106 Comet landed at Juhu Aerodrome instead of Santacruz Airport. The aircraft was flown out some nine days later.[1]

On 24 December 1972, Japan Airlines Flight 472, operated by Douglas DC-8-53 landed at Juhu Aerodrome instead of Santacruz Airport. The aircraft overran the end of the runway and was damaged beyond economic repair.[2]

Culture and media

The Aerodrome was used for the opening scene of Slumdog Millionaire and can be seen in subsequent scenes as well.

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Coordinates: 19°05′53″N 72°50′02″E / 19.09806°N 72.83389°E / 19.09806; 72.83389

Juhu Airport
जुहू विमानतळ
IATA: noneICAO: VAJJ

Juhu Airport जुहू विमानतळ
Juhu Airport जुहू विमानतळ (Mumbai)
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Airports Authority of India
Serves Mumbai
Location Juhu, India Template:Country data India
Elevation AMSL 13 ft / 4 m
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
08/26 3,750 1,143 Paved

Juhu Aerodrome (Marathi: जुहू विमानतळ) (ICAO: VAJJ) an airport serving Mumbai, was India's first civil aviation airport.

Contents

History

The aerodrome opened in 1928 as the then Vile Parle Flying Club. J. R. D. Tata, the father of civil aviation in India made India's maiden voyage from Juhu airport to Drigh Road airstrip, Karachi, via Ahmedabad, on 15 October 1932. The airport served as the city's sole airport till Santacruz airport, now Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport. It served as the city's airport up to and even during the 1939-45 war. Two bitumen runways were in operation and a third was planned for construction in 1939 but this never occurred.

At present, Juhu has only a single operational runway (08/26, 3750 ft/1143 m) and is run by the Airports Authority of India. It hosts a flying club with several executive and light aircraft, gliders, and a heliport to ferry Oil and Natural Gas Corporation personnel by carrier Pawan Hans to offshore oil rigs at Bombay High. The airfield is located at Juhu, an upmarket residential suburb of northwest Mumbai flanking the city's Juhu Beach along the Arabian sea.

Airlines and destinations

No commercial services at this time.

Proposed Extension of Juhu airport into the sea

With air traffic congestion reaching an unacceptable threshold in Mumbai, the government of India has been forced to put on fast track its age-old plan of reviving the Juhu airport to ease some pressure off Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA). The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has appointed consulting major KPMG to draw up a development plan for Juhu airport.

The plan to extend the runway in phases could ultimately see the airstrip jutting into the sea with reclaimed parts of the famous Juhu beach and seafront — after an environmental nod for the proposal. Presently, the Juhu runway is about 4,000 feet long. In the first phase, it will be extended to 5,500 feet to be able to accommodate ATRs and turboprops.

The eventual development plan is to extend it to 7,500 feet to allow it to be fit for slightly bigger planes. The plan is to reactivate Juhu so that small planes can be shifted here. This will enhance the capacity of CSIA as it will handle big, fast-moving aircraft. This job is proposed to be done in two phases — city side and airport area. KPMG has been asked to make a master plan. The airport operational area’s development cost is likely to be in the range of Rs 250-300 crore.

The first plan is to tilt the current runway slightly at Juhu airport so that its then parallel to Mumbai Airport's current runway 09/27. And then eventually extend it to be as much as 7500 feet by extending it in the sea. This way it can accommodate ATR's and Turbo propeller aircraft. This plan will involve lot of environmental clearances and reclaiming sea for the runway will again run into trouble with the Ministry of Environment and Forests. The plan can also be modified if it's decided to build the 1500 feet out in the portion of the proposed runway was to built on concrete stilts, this plan can extend the airport runway to as much as 1500 feet and by avoiding sea reclamation avoids any environmental issues as well. However the famous Juhu beach would have to be partially used under this plan, and the proposed Bandra Versova Sea Link could be hampered and obstructed by this runway expansion in the sea.

The other plan is to have a brand new cross runway in the direction 14/32 parallel to the one at CSIA Mumbai Airport cross runway 14/32, and extend it up to 5000–5500 feet, this option will involve construction of a cross runway totally inside of the land with AAI at Juhu Airport, and will also avoid any clearances that will need to be taken from Union Environment Ministry if the Airport was to be extended to the sea. The runway of length 5500 feet will qualify for any required runway lengths for ATR landings and takeoffs.

Accidents and incidents

  • On 15 July 1953, a BOAC DH.106 Comet landed at Juhu Aerodrome instead of Mumbai's much larger Santa Cruz International Airport. The aircraft was flown out some nine days later.[1]
  • On 28 May 1968, the pilot of a Garuda Indonesia Convair 990 also mistook Juhu Aerodrome for Santacruz Airport and tried to land his aircraft. It overshot the runway falling just short of the traffic road ahead and several residential buildings when its nose wheel got stuck in a ditch at the end of the runway. All passengers survived.
  • On 24 December 1972, Japan Airlines Flight 472, operated by Douglas DC-8-53 also landed at Juhu Aerodrome instead of Santacruz Airport. The aircraft overran the end of the runway and was damaged beyond economic repair.[2]

Culture and media

The Aerodrome was used for the opening scene of Slumdog Millionaire and can be seen in subsequent scenes as well.

References

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

References

External links

Mumbai portal
Aviation portal
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