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Safdarjung Airport
IATA: noneICAO: VIDD
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Airports Authority of India
Location New Delhi
Elevation AMSL 705 ft / 215 m
Coordinates 28°35′04″N 077°12′21″E / 28.58444°N 77.20583°E / 28.58444; 77.20583Coordinates: 28°35′04″N 077°12′21″E / 28.58444°N 77.20583°E / 28.58444; 77.20583
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
12/30 4,520 1,378 Asphalt

Safdarjung Airport (IATA: N/AICAO: VIDD) is an airport in New Delhi, India, in the neighbourhood of the same name. It used to be known as Willingdon Airfield and served as Delhi's main airport until a new site was chosen in west Delhi known as Palam hence Palam airport or today's Indira Gandhi International Airport. It is still used for general aviation purposes and small propeller planes take off and land from the airport. However, planes are cautioned when landing, since the airport is situated right next to a flyover highway. Indira Gandhi International Airport is the airport serving New Delhi; a much larger airport with 3 runways and over 60 domestic and international carriers serving it.

Popular culture

In the Tintin series, in 'Tintin in Tibet', when Tintin has a stop-over in India, he departs from Willingdon Airfield (now Safdarjung Airport), as is borne out by the text. However, the picture showing his arrival seems to accurately depict the terminal in a panel, despite the text referring to Willingdon as the 'other' airport, i.e., different from the one he had arrived at.

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