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‘Ayodhya international airport equipped to handle 4mn flyers annually’

By, New Delhi
Dec 27, 2023 08:12 AM IST

The Prime Minister’s visit to the temple town comes weeks ahead of the much-awaited consecration ceremony at the Ram Temple on January 22

The Maryada Purushottam Shri Ram International Airport in Ayodhya, which is set to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 30, is equipped to handle 600 domestic passengers during peak hours and over four million flyers annually, officials familiar with the details said on Tuesday.

The officials also said that the airport, which has been built by government-owned Airports Authority of India at a cost of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>350 crore, currently has a runway suitable for the operation of Airbus A321 and Boeing 737 type of aircraft (PTI)
The officials also said that the airport, which has been built by government-owned Airports Authority of India at a cost of 350 crore, currently has a runway suitable for the operation of Airbus A321 and Boeing 737 type of aircraft (PTI)

The officials also said that the airport, which has been built by government-owned Airports Authority of India (AAI) at a cost of 350 crore, currently has a runway suitable for the operation of Airbus A321 and Boeing 737 type of aircraft. The runway may be expanded in subsequent phases to allow wider aircraft to operate, the officials said.

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The Prime Minister’s visit to the temple town comes weeks ahead of the much-awaited consecration ceremony at the Ram Temple on January 22. During his visit, he will also inaugurate the redeveloped railway station in Ayodhya.

On Thursday, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation issued the aerodrome license, for the airport, in the public use category for all weather conditions.

A government official said the airport comprises nine check-in counters, three conveyor belts, 75 slots for car parking and two slots for buses.

“The airport is equipped to handle 500 passengers during peak hours and over four million passengers annually. It is suitable for the operation of A321 and B737 type of aircraft. Initially, it will have A321 and or B737 aircraft operating at the airport,” the official said, seeking anonymity.

“The airport is designed in a way that it is convenient for passengers and ensures reduced mobility,” the official added.

Peak rush hours at airports are usually witnessed at around 5pm-9am and 4pm-8pm.

Several domestic airlines have already announced non-stop flights to major cities from the temple town. While Air India Express announced an inaugural return journey between Ayodhya and Delhi on December 30 itself, the airline said it will begin full commercial operations on a daily basis from January 16.

Likewise, IndiGo said its inaugural flight from Delhi will take off for Ayodhya on December 30 but commercial operations between the two cities will begin on a daily basis from January 6. The low-cost carrier also announced tri-weekly flights between Ahmedabad and Ayodhya from January 11 and daily flights between Mumbai and Ayodhya from January 15.

In the subsequent phases, international flights may also operate from the airport, officials said.

The construction of a new terminal of 50,000sqm has been planned under Phase-2, which will be able to handle 3,000 passengers during peak hours, and 6 million passengers annually. It will also include a runway extension of up to 3750m, suitable for operation of Code E B-777 type of aircraft.

The roof of the terminal is adorned with ‘shikharas’ in varying heights to add to the grandeur of the structure. In both Indian and western philosophy, the pyramid form is said to harbour positive energy. Along with the varying ‘shikharas’, the terminal has decorative columns detailing important events from the story of Ramayana. The colonnade will serve as an immersive experience for visitors by retelling pictorially the story of Lord Rama.

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