Saurashtra, Kutch and other regions of Gujarat have a flourishing tourism industry. If you are living in Gujarat and want to travel within or outside the state, or if you wish to travel to various places in Gujarat, do not look elsewhere. Here is a complete list and guide of airports in Gujarat.
1. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (AMD)
Located 9 kilometres away from Ahmedabad, in Hansol is the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (Ahmedabad Airport), named after the first deputy prime minister of India. The airport has three terminals. Terminal 1 is to handle passengers for domestic flights. Terminal 2 is the international terminal and has won an award for best Steel Structure at the 2009 edition of the National Structural Steel Design and Construction Awards. The third terminal is a cargo terminal. There are around fourteen airlines flying to and from the airport that include Jet Airways, Indigo, Emirates, SpiceJet, Singapore Airlines and Air India. There are international flights to Dubai, Muscat, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, New Jersey, London, Sharjah, Doha and Singapore. And domestic flights flying to key cities of India including Mumbai. Kolkata, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Chennai and Rajkot.
The airport provides various facilities like baggage services, duty-free shopping, restaurants and cafeterias, lounges, banks and ATMs. There is a direct metro rail link connecting the airport to the Ahmedabad city centre. Prepaid taxis are also available to the passengers. The Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Service (AMTS) runs bus services to the airport with a bus leaving for the city every 10 minutes. From the city centre, one can take a bus to the Sabarmati Ashram. In the city, there are many places like Teen Darwaza, Rani no Hajiro or Mughli Bibi's Tomb, Jhulta Minara that can be accessed by road. The airport is still undergoing expansion but may be replaced by Dholera International Airport due to area constraints.
2. Vadodara Airport (BDQ)
The Vadodara airport, also known as the Civil Aerodrome, Vadodara, is located in the Harni suburb of Vadodara. The airport had only a single terminal, which was not equipped to handle a large flow of passengers. Thus, to expand passenger flow and services to international destinations, a new terminal building was proposed in 2009. The construction of the new terminal was completed by 2016. On 22nd October 2016, Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, inaugurated this terminal. The airport is a civilian airport and currently does not handle any cargo. The airport has flights to domestic destinations like Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Chennai and Mumbai. It is the second largest and International airport of Gujarat after the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport. International flight operations are to be started in near future. The airport offers a number of facilities like lounges, Cafeterias, baggage services, shopping and medical services. There are a few hotels near by like the Hotel Airport Vadodara that is located only a minute away from the airport. The airport also has prepaid taxi facility and other local transport. The airport is situated only 35 minutes away from the Vadodara railway station. Bus service can be taken from the railway station to the airport or vice versa. The bus leaves from the airport ? Manek Park, every five minutes. By taking taxi or state buses, one can reach Baroda Museum, Kriti Mandir, ISKCON Temple and other attractions in the city.
3. Rajkot Airport (RAJ)
The Rajkot airport has a limited number of flights only to 3 cities - Mumbai, Delhi and Surat. The Airport is dominated by Jet Airways and Air India airlines. The airport is a small one, having a capacity to handle only 125 people at a time. Local transport facility like a taxi or private car facility is available from the city. The airport is located 2.8 kilometres away by road from the Rajkot Junction (Rail Station) and 2.5 kilometres away from the city centre. The Watson museum is just 400 m and Kaba Gandhi No Delo is 1.2 km away from there. The airport has plans for expansion. However, the expansion of city has created restraints on the plans.
4. Jamnagar Airport (JGA)
The Jamnagar airport or the Civil Enclave, Jamnagar is owned by the Indian Air Force. The airport is situated 8 kilometres from the city and permits both commercial and private flights. The airport has a small lounge and a cafeteria. The Government has announced the plans for expansion of the airport in the year 2012. The airport is connected to the city via a four-lane highway. There are private taxis and auto rickshaws available at the airport. The nearest bus station and railway station are situated 7 kilometres away. A taxi from the airport to Lakota museum (9 km from airport) can be taken. Derani Jethani Mahal and Ramanlal Lake Park are right next to the museum. Other tourist spots like Pratap Vilas Palace, Chandi Bazaar, can be reached by taxi.
5. Bhuj Airport (BHJ)
The Bhuj Airport was proposed to be named after the freedom fighter Shyamji Krishna Varma. However, the proposal was turned down by Praful Patel (Minister of Civil Aviation). The airport is located 48 kilometres away from the Indo-Pakistan border and was destroyed during the war and raided some times.
The airport has only one terminal. Jet Airways and Air India conduct a majority of the flight operations flying to Mumbai and Delhi. General taxi services and auto service are available at the airport. Most hotels also provide pick-up facilities from the airport for their guests. The bus stand is only 4 kilometres from the Bhuj Airport. Private taxis and state buses also connect the airport with the railway station, which 3.4 kilometres away. The airport is 5.5 kilometres away from the city centre. Tourists need to take a taxi to reach the city centre. From here, places like Prag Mahal, Aina Mahal, Swaminarayan Temple, Kutch Museum and more places are easily accessible by taxi or by foot. The airport shares its runway with the Bhuj Mata Air Force Base. Snack bar, baggage facilities and medical assistance are available at the airport.
6. Porbandar Airport (PBD)
Serving the city of Porbandar is the Porbandar Airport, which is situated 5 kilometres away. The new terminal building of the airport is equipped with some facilities and has a capacity of handling 100 passengers. The airport is also another civil aerodrome. The airport has flights to Mumbai, Diu, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai and Delhi. The airport provides some passenger and general facilities like baggage services, medical assistance and back bar. Auto Rickshaws and taxis are accessible outside the airport. The nearest bus station is 6 kilometres away, and the Porbandar railway station is 9 kilometres away. Kirti Mandir, Sudama Mandir and Bhunanath Mahadev Temple are located around 10 kilometres from the airport into the city. Where as Shree Hari Mandir is located the other side of the airport and is only 4 kilometres away.
7. Surat Airport (STV)
The Surat Airport is a domestic airport situated 11 kilometres away from the city. The management of the airport was earlier under the hands of Gujarat Government and has now shifted to the Airports Authority of India. Ever since a much-needed development and expansion of services has taken place. The Airport offers baggage services, ATM, medical services, restaurants and snack bars. The airport has a capacity to handle 240 passengers. Taxis, bus service and auto rickshaws are available from the airport. The airport has flights to Mumbai, Delhi and a few cities in Gujarat. Apart from that, from 1st July 2017, SpiceJet will start flights to Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Patna and Delhi. The Airports Authority of India has planned to increase passenger traffic by expanding the airport. Dumas beach is only 6.6 kilometres away from the airport. A bus to the Chowk bus stand that lies in the city centre leaves from the airport after every one hour twenty-three minutes. From there, many places like Maharana Pratap Circle, Joggers Park, Science Museum are easily accessible.
8. Bhavnagar Airport
Bhavnagar Airport is a small Airport offering flights only to Mumbai. The airport is located 5 kilometres away from the city. Jet Airways was one of the airlines serving the Port but soon left due to lack of passengers making Air India the only airline serving the airport. The airport has a single terminal but also features a cargo terminal. Even though the airport is small and has a limited capacity, it provides baggage services, VIP lounges and medical assistance.
The airport has a taxi and auto rickshaw stand from where the said transport can be hired. Tourists attractions like Takhteshwar Temple (6 km from airport), Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (6.5 km from airport), Barton Museum (5 km from airport) and Victoria Park Garden (7.5 km from the airport) are easily navigable from the airport by road. Bhavnagar Terminus is situated 20 minutes (6 kilometres by road) away from the airport.
9. Kandla Airport (IXY)
Kandla Airport often referred to as Gandhidham Airport, is located in the Kutch district (North of Kandla and Anjar). The airport was built in the late 1950s, but the flight operations were started in the 1960s. Until 1999, Jet Airways and Gujarat Airlines had flights to Mumbai, after which they ceased their operations. Again in the year 2006, Air Deccan started daily flights between Mumbai and Kandla but also stopped its operations in the year 2012. As of now, the Ventura AirConnect airline is serving the port with destinations as Ahmedabad and Surat. The Airport has a single runway and one terminal with a capacity of handling 100 passengers. The airport provides primary baggage and passenger services. The airport has snack bars and duty-free shops as well. The airport is 7.6 kilometres away from Gandhidham city centre. Gandhi Samadi (8.3 km away), Gemini circus (11.3) and Dhara aquarium (4.2 km away from the airport) are some famous tourists attractions in Gandhidham where taxi cab or buses can be taken.
The Gandhidham Railway Station is situated 20 minutes (9.8 kilometres by road) and Gandhidham. Bus Stop is situated 15 minutes (9.2 kilometres by road) away from the airport. Local transport like auto rickshaws is available from the airport.
10. Dholera International Airport
The Dholera International Airport is a proposed airport undergoing construction. It is to be located in Navagam, in the Dholera Taluka. The airport is spread over 1426 hectares and is to help control the Ahmedabad Airport's air traffic. The site is said to accommodate two runways.
11. Keshod Airport (IXK)
Serving the city of Junagadh and Veraval is the Keshod Airport, located in Keshod, Gujarat. The airport was built by Nawab of Junagadh (Mahabhatkanji |||) for his private use. In the 1980s, the airport was made public and flights were scheduled. However, in the year 2000, Jet Airways, the only airline serving the port at that time, ceased its operations. Thus currently there are no flights functioning on the airport.
12. Mehsana Airport
Mehsana Airport was an abandoned airfield which was then developed by the Government of Gujarat and a private company (Ahmedabad Aviation & Aeronautics Ltd.) by public - private partnership. Narendra Modi, who was the Chief Minister of Gujarat at that time, inaugurated the airport in the year 2007. The airport has no passenger operations or scheduled flights. Therefore if one wishes to fly to Mehsana, the nearest airports are the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (Ahmedabad Airport), which is 65 kilometres away from Mehsana or the Vadodara Airport, which is 164 kilometres away.
13. Amreli Airport
Amreli Airport is an airstrip built by the government of Gujarat in Amreli, India. The Runway was not suitable for any flight operations but soon it was repaired, and flight operations to Surat were started. Amreli currently has only one destination - Surat and Ventura AirConnect is the only airline company. The flight operations to Surat were started due to high demand from the passengers. The Amreli Station is located 6 minutes (1.5 kilometres by road) away from the airport. The Airport provides basic passenger facilities and baggage services. Kamnath Mahadev Mandir is situated 5 kilometres from the airport. Travellers can use state buses or taxis available at the airport to reach here.
14. Ankleshwar Airport
Ankleshwar airport is an airport in the village of Mandva in Bharuch district of Gujarat. The Gujarat State Aviation Infrastructure Company Limited has acquired 80 acres of land for the construction of the airport. The airport was expected to be operational by 2013 but still, is facing a hurdle in obtaining environmental clearance as the port is situated near the National Highway (NH8). This airport was proposed to boost the investment in the upcoming petroleum industry in the area.
15. Deesa Airport
Deesa Airport is an airport in the princely state of Palanpur. The airport has had a rumour of conducting illegal activities and being involved in the 2G Scam. The airport has no passenger operations and is planned to be used as a full fledged air base by the Indian Air Force in the future.
16. Bhuj Rudra Mata Airforce Base
The Bhuj Rudra Mata Airforce Base is a military airport that shares its runway with Bhuj Airport. The airbase was reconstructed after being damaged extensively in the 2001 Gujarat earthquake. The airbase currently has residential buildings, shopping complexes, supports other activities and has an Air Force School.
Most of the Airports in Gujarat have expansion and development plans for the future. Gujarat has gained a lot from ?Make in India? opportunities, and the economy has improved over the years, inviting more investors and businessmen to its state and hence has led to an increasing demand for passenger flights.