Jaipur International Airport
|Operator||Airports Authority of India|
|Serves||Jaipur, Rajasthan, India|
|Focus city for||SpiceJet|
|Elevation AMSL||385 m / 1,263 ft|
|Statistics (April 2018 - March 2019)|
Jaipur International Airport (IATA: JAI, ICAO: VIJP) is the primary airport serving Jaipur, the capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan. Jaipur International Airport has been declared as the World's Best Airport in the category of 2 to 5 million passengers per annum for 2015 & 2016 according to Airports Council International. Jaipur Airport is the 11th busiest airport in India in daily scheduled flight operations.
It is located in the southern suburb of Sanganer, 13 km (8.1 mi) from Jaipur. The airport was granted the status of international airport on 29 December 2005. The civil apron can accommodate 14 aircraft and the new terminal building can handle up to 1000 passengers at a time.
|Runway Number||Length||Width||Approach Lights/ILS|
|9/27||3,505 m (11,499 ft)||46 m (151 ft)||CAT III-B / CAT III-B|
|15/33||1,592 m (5,223 ft)||43 m (141 ft)||None|
Jaipur International airport consists of two runways ; first runway(15/33) 5,223 feet (1,592 m) long and second runway (9/27) 11,500 feet (3,500 m) long. Runway 9/27 became operational from 15 September 2016 to handle bigger aircraft like Boeing 747 to take off and land from Jaipur airport after the completion of runway extension from 9,174 feet (2,796 m) to 11,500 feet (3,500 m) in order to handle Boeing 777s. The runway 9/27 is CAT-IIIB instrument landing system (ILS) compliant. This facilitates landing of aircraft on a runway visibility range (RVR) of up to 50 metres (160 ft) during fog. Earlier this was 550 metres (1,800 ft), benefiting airlines in terms of increased safety and avoiding diversions to other airports resulting in better operational and environmental efficiency. CAT III B became operational from December 8, 2016. A taxiway has been planned for the Jaipur airport, parallel to runway 9/27 to deal with its air traffic congestion. The work will be completed in the end of May 2018, after the completion the airport will be able to accommodate 16 flights in an hour. The airport has only one runway which takes care of takeoff and landing operations of airlines. The first runway is not used for landing and taking off of aircraft for very long time.
Terminal 1 used to operate international flights until July 2013, when the airport authorities decided to shift the international flights to the newly built terminal 2 while the use of terminal 1 was reserved for cargo operations. After four years, in 2017 the airport administration began preparations to resume commercial flight operations in the old terminal due to increasing passenger load on terminal 2. Presently, only Haj and cargo flights are operated from Terminal 1. To shift the flights to terminal 1, a part of the cargo operations will have to be shifted from here. Renovation work of terminal 1 started in December 2017 and there are plans to make it operational by May 2019. Terminal will be renovated in Rajasthani look. After the completion of renovation, the terminal 1 will be fully upgraded and expanded to 18,000 square meters and it will cater to only international departures and arrivals.
The new domestic terminal building at the airport was inaugurated on 1 July 2009. The new terminal has an area of 22,950 square metres (247,000 sq ft) with facilities such as central heating system, central air conditioning, inline x-ray baggage inspection system integrated with the departure conveyor system, inclined arrival baggage claim carousels, escalators, public address system, flight information display system, CCTV for surveillance, airport check-in counters with Common Use Terminal Equipment (CUTE), car parking, etc. The International Terminal building has peak hour passenger handling capacity of 500 passengers and annual handling capacity of 400,000. The entrance gate is made of sandstone and Dholpur stones along with Rajasthani paintings on the walls. The terminal is currently used for both International and Domestic flights. To manage the hordes of VIP's who fly in and out of the Pink City, the airport has three VIP lounges to ensure that the visiting guests and commuters don't cause inconvenience to each other. Terminal 2 is spread over twenty three thousand meter square in area and has 14 airport check-in counters, six immigration counters, four customs and four security counters that can easily accommodate the passenger traffic at the airport and provide them a hassle free experience.
Beginning from July 16, 2012, Terminal 1 was closed to passenger traffic and was remodeled to handle solely cargo operations. The cargo terminal is adjacent to the old passenger terminal building and has an area of approximately 700 square metres (7,500 sq ft). The cargo facility is being provided by Rajasthan Small Scale Industries, a public sector undertaking of Government of Rajasthan. To shift the flights to terminal 1, a part of the cargo operations will have to be shifted from here.
Modernisation and expansion of terminals
The current Terminal 2 will be expanded in width of around 20 meter each side. A new hall will be made in departure area and 3 conveyor belt will be established in arrival area with 2 new aerobridges to ease passenger movement.The work will be completed by May. The New departure area is spread in 2700 square metres while arrival area is been constructed in an area of nearly 23000 square feet.
Airlines and destinations
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- On 5 January 2014, Flight AI-890 Airbus A320 VT-ESH of Air India from Imphal to Delhi via Guwahati was diverted to Jaipur airport due to heavy fog in Delhi. The rear tyre of the plane burst during landing, damaging the right wing. The plane received substantial damage and the aircraft was written off. All 173 passengers and 6 crew members survived.
Jaipur International Airport has 1.8 MW solar plant which caters to 60-70% For JAIPUR of the airport's energy requirements. It will also save money for the airport.
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