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Sonari Airport

Sonari Airport
सोनारी हवाई अड्डे
IXW is located in India airports
Location of the airport in India
Airport type Public
Operator TATA Steel
Serves Jamshedpur, Tatanagar
Location Sonari (Jharkhand)
Elevation AMSL 478 ft / 146 m
Direction Length Surface
ft m
26/08 4,010 1,222 Asphalt

Sonari Airport (ICAO: VEJS) is a public airport located in Jamshedpur, in the state of Jharkhand, India. The airport has unscheduled chartered flights from Kolkata.


  • History 1
  • New Airports 2
  • Airlines and destinations 3
    • Charter airlines 3.1
  • External links 4
  • References 5


The aerodrome, which is spread over 25 acres, first opened in 1940.[1] There are no scheduled flights into this airport, however in the past years, the airport was served by airlines like Air Deccan, Kingfisher Airlines, MDLR Airlines and Deccan Charters that discontinued services due to various reasons despite recording good loads. While MDLR and Deccan Charters ceased operations due to internal issues, Air Deccan and Kingfisher had to discontinue services in November 2009 after load restrictions were imposed due to the short length of the runway.[2] Since Air Deccan and Kingfisher operated larger ATR 42 and ATR 72 aircraft respectively, operations became unviable.[3]

New Airports

Tata Steel has proposed a new airport for city of Jamshedpur on 600 acres in the Adityapur-Seraikela area. The airport is to have a 7,000 feet long runway and will be able to handle Airbus A320 flights. This is not possible on Sonari Airport.[1]

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the AAI and the Jharkhand government on 20 February 2012 for establishing a new airport for Jamshedpur. The state government will provide land to AAI for developing the airport that will initially support ATR-72 sized aircraft with options for later expansion when air traffic increases.[4]

Airlines and destinations

Charter airlines

Airlines Destinations
Deccan Aviation Kolkata
North East Shuttles[5] Kolkata

External links

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


  1. ^ a b "TATA Steel and TRIL inks JV for Jamshedpur airport". 29 June 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Suspension of Flights to Jamshedpur". Kingfisher Airlines Press Release. 11 November 2009. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Air services to Jamshedpur resume from Feb 15".  
  4. ^ "Jamshedpur, Bokaro to have airports soon; Airports Authority of India signs MoU".  
  5. ^ [1]
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