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Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport
Ahmedabad Airport

સરદાર વલ્લભભાઈ પટેલ આંતરરાષ્ટ્રીય વિમાનમથક
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IATA: AMDICAO: VAAH
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Airports Authority of India
Serves Ahmedabad
Location Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Hub for Blue Dart Aviation
Elevation AMSL 189 ft / 58 m
Coordinates 23°04′38″N 072°38′05″E / 23.07722°N 72.63472°E / 23.07722; 72.63472
Website aai.aero/.../Ahmedabad
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
05/23 11,811 3,599 Concrete/Asphalt

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (Gujarati: સરદાર વલ્લભભાઈ પટેલ આંતરરાષ્ટ્રીય વિમાનમથક) (IATA: AMDICAO: VAAH) is India's eighth busiest airport with an average of 150 aircraft movements a day. It services the metropolitan areas of two cities in the State of Gujarat - Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar - and is located 8 km (5.0 mi) from the Ahmedabad Railway Station. It is named after statesman and former Deputy Prime Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The airport is spread over an area of 1,124 acres (4.55 km2) with the runway measuring 11,811 ft (3,600 m). Nearly all domestic airlines serve Ahmedabad, as do several international ones.

The airport is a focus city for several Indian carriers, including Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines and SpiceJet.

Contents

The airport

The airport consists of three terminals: domestic, international and cargo. These terminals use the same airside facilities but are physically separated on the landside, requiring a five-minute drive between them.

The airport is currently under renovation, and, once work is complete, the 15 parking bays will increase to 45 and both the international and domestic terminals will have four aero-bridges each. The new terminal was originally planned to handle international flights but will instead be used for domestic traffic once completed[1]. The new terminal has been modelled on the airport in Singapore, a major aviation hub in the Asia-Pacific region[2].

The existing domestic terminal will be used for international flights, whilst the current international terminal will provide additional space for cargo operations[2]. The new terminal will have many firsts for the airport, including a half-kilometre-long moving walkway, which will connect the two terminals, making the changeover of flights hassle-free[3]. This will also help in making the airport as an international transit hub, in turn, reducing the burden at the Delhi and Mumbai airports. It will also have sufficient room to welcome the world’s largest commercial aircraft, the Airbus A380.

Terminals, airlines and destinations

Inside the Airport
Terminal 1 - Domestic

The departures section of the domestic terminal has 20 check-in counters, four aerobridges and three boarding gates. It also has restaurants, book shops, retail outlets and a VIP Lounge. The arrivals section has three luggage belts, a snack counter, bureau de change, ground transport desks and a VIP Lounge.

Terminal 2 - International

The current international terminal has 15 check-in counters. The departure hall has a restaurant, a duty-free shop, a book/gift shop and other basic amenities. The arrivals hall consists of one entry gate, two luggage belts, a bureau de change and a snack stall.

Airlines Destinations Terminal
Air Arabia Sharjah 2
Air India Frankfurt, London-Heathrow, Newark 2
Air-India Express Dubai, Mumbai, Nagpur 2
Air India Regional Delhi 1
Emirates Dubai 2
GoAir Bangalore, Cochin, Mumbai 1
Indian Airlines Chennai, Mumbai 1
Indian Airlines Hyderabad, Kuwait, Mumbai, Muscat 2
IndiGo Bangalore, Delhi, Cochin, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune 1
Jet Airways Bhopal, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, London-Heathrow, Indore, Mumbai, Raipur 1
JetLite Delhi, Goa [seasonal], Mumbai 1
Kingfisher Airlines Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Imphal, Indore, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Raipur 1
Qatar Airways Doha 2
Singapore Airlines Singapore 2
SpiceJet Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai 1
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Cargo Operators

Airlines Destinations
Air India Cargo Aurangabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai
Blue Dart Aviation Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai
Current Domestic terminal as seen from Apron

Fixed Base Operators (FBO)

There are several fixed base operators at the airport, including:

Proposed new airport

A new international airport at Fedara, near the port town of Dholera in the Gulf of Khambhat is under consideration.

External links

References


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