Also known as the Chikkhalthana Airport, this is the only public airport located in the city. The genesis of this airport lay in the Indian government’s efforts to modernize the district of Aurangabad, in an attempt to holistically promote tourism in the surrounding areas, way back in the 1990s. However, inspite of much ado, the Central project failed to get an effective launch and was deserted after a mere whimper.
The responsibility of imparting the much needed face-lift to the Aurangabad airport was then vested on the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), whose primary role was to finance and implement the project without entertaining procedural hiccups. The assistance from the JBIC was planned to be received in the following ways –
Conservation of the monuments in Aurangabad and especially those surrounding the region in which the airport was proposed to be built.
Expansion of the airport and improving quality of water resources.
Upgradation of the roads leading to the monuments and efficiently putting in place a ‘visitor management’ system.
Expansion and improvement of existing electrical services.
Phases that hes been upgradated in the year 2016
The airport renovation was undertaken in a two-phase, bifurcated manner, in order to keep the flow of tourist traffic unhindered to the best possible extent. The details of the 2-phase process are produced below –
With expenditures incurred amounting to more than 817 million, the primary objectives of this phase of structural upgradation of the Aurangabad airport were –
Construction of a boundary wall that would act as the periphery for the airport premises.
Improving and extending the runway, besides constructing a new taxiway alongside the existing facilities.
This phase was completed in 2005, in collaboration with the JBIC which provided nearly 600 million of the total funds required for the project.
This was the final phase of the massive upgradation programme, in which the JBIC contributed 600 million to a total fund pool of 997 million. The Airports Authority of India shouldered the rest of the financial burden and supervised the work and subsequently completed in mid 2007, following which the airport was reopened in late 2008. The salient features of this phase of development were –
Construction of a new, integrated terminal building.
Construction of a technical section to cater to domestic as well as international air traffic.
A new apron was built to provide increased parking space to wide bodied aircrafts, which had their scheduled halts at this terminal.
Salient features of the Aurangabad Airport
Availability of duty-free shopping facilities
Child care facilities present, along with a separate child care room.
Whole of the 2 lakh square foot area in the terminal is centrally air-conditioned.
Passenger lifts and escalators are present.
Regularly updated flight information display system.
Car calling facilities, closed circuit television and baggage handling systems are also present.
Along with runways and terminals, airports also include control towers, hangars, taxiways, lounges, food service areas, restaurants, emergency services, security, baggage handling, and more.
Physical facilities include runways, taxiways, aprons, and strips, which are used for the landing and takeoff of aircraft, for the maneuvering and positioning of aircraft on the ground, and for the parking of aircraft in order to load and discharge passengers and cargo.
The major airlines which operates flights to Aurangabad are Indigo, Jet Konnect, Jet Airways , JetLite, SpiceJet and Air India.