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Jaisalmer Air Force Station

Jaisalmer Airport
जैसलमेर हवाई अड्डा
IATA: JSAICAO: VIJR
Summary
Airport type Civil
Owner Airport Authority of India
Operator Airport Authority of India
Location Jaisalmer (India)
Elevation AMSL 751 ft / 251 m
Coordinates 26°52′49″N 70°51′18″E / 26.88028°N 70.85500°E / 26.88028; 70.85500Coordinates: 26°52′49″N 70°51′18″E / 26.88028°N 70.85500°E / 26.88028; 70.85500

Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
04/22 9,000 2,742 Concrete
[1]

Jaisalmer Airport (IATA: JSAICAO: VIJR) (Hindi: जैसलमेर विमानक्षेत्र ) is located at Jaisalmer in the Rajashthan province of India.

Jaisalmer Airport is primarily an Indian Air Force base. The airport has a single runway of 9,000 feet (2,700 m) in length and 150 feet (46 m) in width. Jaisalmer tourism industry is happy that city will finally have its own airport. Jaisalmer airport is expected to start operations before the next tourism season in the city.The majority of construction work at the airport has been completed. The airport will have a modern terminal with facilities like air bridge, food bridge and escalators.The airport is expected to be fully operational from next year ahead of the tourism season. The news has delighted tour operators in Jaisalmer. They expect tourist arrivals to the city to increase by 20 to 30 per cent because of the airport.Tour operators said that lack of air services in Jaisalmer was a big drawback for local tourism. Around 20 per cent of foreign tourists to India could not visit Jaisalmer due to no air connectivity. This will hopefully change once the airport is operational.Some tour operators believe that with its own airport Jaisalmer could replace Jaipur as the part of Golden Triangle. Majority of tourists travel to Jaipur due to no air connectivity in Jaisalmer. Travel Agents are hopeful that major airlines will connect Jaisalmer with cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Agra.

Airlines and destinations

No scheduled commercial air service at this time. In November here is probability of some flights may be start to the Mumbai & Delhi via Jodhpur, Udaipur & Jaipur.

New civil airport

The civil airport constructed as Jaisalmeri Shilp Kala on Khuhadi route, 8 km from the Jaisalmer district headquarters. Every year during the tourism season, 50-60% chartered flights come to Jaisalmer and with starting of civil airport the number would increase. He said there would be a boom in the tourism business with Jaisalmer getting connected to air service along with many corporate sectors like oil, gas and windmills will also get the benefit of this facility.[2]

The Jaisalmer airport is ready and The airport will be inaugurated in August this year.[3] The airport is around 12 kilometres away from Jaisalmer. Airports Authority of India is constructing the Airport. The airport is being built on 24 hectares of land with a cost of Rs 84 crore.

The Airport Authority of India is going to operationalise civil airport in Jaisalmer.Jaisalmer airport, spread over 65 acres land, is ready and plan to inaugurate it in August while flight operations are likely to be started in the month of October.[4]

References

[1]

Airport information for VIJR at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.



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