India’s Gujarat will get its first ever greenfield airport in Rajkot. The Rajkot Hirasar Greenfield Airport in Gujarat will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday i.e. 27 July.
Gujarat : Hirasar Greenfield Airport
Gujarat’s 1st Greenfield Airport will serve the city of Rajkot and Saurashtra region. The airport has an area of 2,534 acres. Airport Authority of India (AAI) has constructed the airport in an area of 1,500 acres. It has a 3,040 metre long and 45 metre wide runway. The airport has capabiity to handle big widebody aircraft. The apron has an area of 50,800 square metre which can park 14 aircraft at one time.
The passenger terminal has an area of 23,000 square metres. At peak hours, it can manage 1,280 passengers.
In a statement, Gujarat State Government said :
“Rajkot is an important economic centre for Gujarat and India owing to its small scale and heavy industries. Being located on the Rajkot-Ahmedabad highway, this airport will aim to reduce the time and cost related to logistics for multiple industries in the region.”
The airport has been built at a cost of Rs 1,405 crore.
Problem with current Airport
The current airport at Rajkot (RAJ) has less capacity. Furthermore, the airport cannot handle larger widebody aircraft. The largest aircraft it can handle is the Airbus A320 or Boeing 737 family aircraft.
In October 2017, PM Narendra Modi presided over the ground breaking ceremony for the new Hirasar Airport. Within 6 hours, the airport is now ready for inauguration.
Operations at current Rajkot Airport
Currently, Rajkot is currently to 5 Indian cities. Details as follows :
- IndiGo and Air India connects Rajkot to Delhi with daily flights each.
- IndiGo and Air India connects Rajkot to Mumbai with 21X and 14X weekly flights respectively.
- IndiGo connects Rajkot to Pune with 6X weekly ATR 72 flights
- IndiGo connects Rajkot to Goa with 3X weekly flights
- IndiGo connects Rajkot to Bengaluru with daily flights
Moreover, IndiGo has opened bookings from Rajkot to Indore and Udaipur from 21 August onwards.
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Source : Times of India