The Rajkot airport is located Approximately 30 km from the city and on the Rajkot-Ahmadabad highway. With a complete built-up area of 23,000 sqm excluding the basement, the terminal building of this new airport will be capable to manage 1800 passengers during peak hours.
Airports Authority of India
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has undertaken the construction work of a new greenfield airport at Rajkot in Gujarat to cater to the growing population of the fourth-largest city in the state and the increasing flow of air traffic in this region.
With the project cost of Rs 1405 crores, the new airport is envisioned to be a transportation hub for passengers traveling abroad from the state. Being located on the Rajkot-Ahmadabad highway, this airport will aim to reduce time and price related to logistics for multiple industries in the region.
Ministry of Civil Aviation
More Importantly, the ceramic industry of Morbi and other industries of Jamnagar also depend on Rajkot for air connectivity, said the Ministry of Civil Aviation in a presser.
Spread over 2534 acres, the new greenfield airport has been prepared with modern facilities and conveniences for visitors with a grown number of counters and other required facilities.
The terminal will be equipped with state-of-the-art passenger facilities, four-passenger boarding bridges, three conveyor belts, and 20 check-in counters along with modern firefighting and fire alarm system. The city side place of the airport will also be developed for adequate parking facilities for cars, taxis, and buses along with landscaping. Runway length is planned for 3040 m for serving AB-321type of aircraft which will be capable of parking 14 aircraft at a period.
The terminal façade design is influenced by the existing Palaces of Rajkot like the Ranjit Vilas Palace, integrating traditional elements into a contemporary form. An outer skin of traditional Jalis of Palaces is provided to minimize the heat gain inside the building.
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The airport will depict various art forms including dandiya dance through its dynamic external façade and splendid interiors. Rajkot is famous for its golden jewelry and filigree work and that has inspired the exterior panel work at the drop-off place of the city side curb.
More than 82% of earthwork and 80% of the runway and other pavement works have been completed. The work for the new terminal building & ATC Tower is also in progress.
To commission the airport, an interim terminal building of size 60m x 60m capable of handling 300 passengers per hour is also in progress. The present progress of the entire project is 45%. It is expected that the new airport will be ready for operation by March 2023.
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