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Allahabad Airport

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Serves  Allahabad
06/24  4,800
Code  IXD
Phone  0532 258 0453
Elevation AMSL  322 ft / 98 m
4,800  1,463
Elevation  98 m
Owner  Indian Air Force
Allahabad Airport
Airport type  Military/Public (Domestic Airport)
Operator  Airports Authority of India / Indian Armed Forces
Address  Airport Road, Bamrauli, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh 211012

Allahabad Airport or Bamrauli Airport (IATA: IXD, ICAO: VEAB) is located at Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. It is at a distance of 12 km (7.5 mi) from Allahabad city and is operational for domestic flights. Nearest other operational airports are Lucknow, Varanasi and Kanpur. Currently, only Air India Regional operates from here, with direct services to Delhi. Allahabad Airport was built in 1919 and served as an international airport till 1946 with direct flights to London till 1932. Commuters usually fly from Lucknow International Airport or Varanasi International Airport which are 200 km and 120 km respectively, for further connectivity. The airport currently does not have Instrument landing facility, However, ILS system is being planned for installation for which survey was done by AAI team in 2013 April and IAF team in 2014 May, as a part of upgrading the airport By IAF/AAI. The Airport has VOR (Very High Frequency Omni Range) and DME (Distance Measuring Equipment) installed by AAI as part of an upgrade in 2011.

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Structure

Allahabad airport's area is 1 acre (4000 square metres), the terminal's capacity being 72, for both arrival and departure. It is a civil enclave managed by Airports Authority of India, under the control of Civil Aviation Training College, Bamrauli. The adjoining concrete apron measures 500 by 150 metres, and has 2 parking bays to cater to 1 CRJ and 1 Q400 aircraft simultaneously being maintained by IAF. Allahabad's runway is oriented 12/30, is 8400 feet long and 150 feet wide. The Airfield has ground lighting facility, which is to be upgraded and also equipped with Navigational facilities like DVOR/DME.

Extension and upgradation plan

There is constant effort by the aviation ministry to extend and upgrade the Allahabad airport. Union Minister of Civil Aviation Ajit Singh has requested Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to transfer 50 acres of identified land in Allahabad to Airports Authority of India (AAI) to develop a new Civil Enclave to handle civil airport operations in the city. In a letter written to it was stated that given the lack of space, AAI is not able to upgrade the Civil Enclave of Bamrauli Airport at Allahabad as the airport belongs to Indian Air Force. Ajit Singh further wrote that the AAI has already made a preliminary study of the surroundings of the airport area and discussed with the Indian Air Force. The site measuring approximately 50 acres has been identified south of the airfield for development of a new civil enclave. The new civil enclave will include a new terminal building, an apron to park civil schedule flights, link taxi track, car parks, etc. The letter further states that in case of any difficulty in acquisition and transfer of identified land, an alternative location having an area of 50 acres may be acquired and handed over to AAI at the earliest, as a number of representations have been received for development of the airport.

Pointing out that Allahabad is one of the major cities of Uttar Pradesh and also has significant potential to enhance religious tourism, it is pertinent to mention that the development of Bamrauli Airport will go a long way in development of eastern region of the State and also adjoining areas of Madhya Pradesh in view of development of tourist centre at kaushambi district, Allahabad airport may witness a surge of foreign tourist movement which currently being catered by Varanasi airport.

A civil enclave at Bamrauli, spread over 75 acres, has also been sanctioned in February 2016 by the state government with the cost of Rs290 Crore.This enclave will also act as a domestic terminal with facilities for passengers.

References

Allahabad Airport Wikipedia


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