‘The capital city of Rajasthan combines the allure of its ancient history with all the advantages of a metropolis’
Founded on November 18, 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amer, Jaipur holds the distinction of being the first planned city of India. Renowned globally for its coloured gems, the capital city of Rajasthan combines the allure of its ancient history with all the advantages of a metropolis. The bustling modern city is one of the three corners of the golden triangle that includes Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.
Since colour pink represents hospitality, Maharaja Ram Singh of Jaipur painted the entire city pink, which is a marvellous spectacle to behold. Jaipur rises up majestically against the backdrop of the forts like Amber, Nahargarh and Jaigarh, and other attractions like Jal Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Chand Babri, Jantar Mantar, Govind Dev, Laxmi Narayan and Garh Ganesh Temple.The historical forts and the marvelous architecture attracts many tourists to Rajasthan. Jaipur being the capital is a hub for such travellers. Jaipur International Airport is the main airport serving the state capital. The feeder cities to this airport are Shekhwati Region, Bikaner, Kota, Jhalawar & Ajmer and Agra area. The airport is the main diversionary airfield of Delhi Airport in case of bad weather or congestion at the national capital.
Brief History & development
Located in the southern suburb of Sanganer, 13 kms from the city, Jaipur Airport was granted the status of international airport on December 29, 2005. The civil apron can now accommodate 14 aircraft and the New Terminal-2 Building can handle up to 720 passengers during the peak hour. Jaipur International Airport consists of one runway, which is 3407 m long.With the increasing passenger footfall, a New Domestic Terminal-2 Building at the airport was inaugurated on July 1, 2009. The terminal has an area of 59,050 sq ft with facilities such as central heating system, central air conditioning, in-line x-ray baggage inspection system integrated with the departure conveyor system, inclined arrival baggage claim carousels, escalators, public address system, flight information display system, CCTV for surveillance, airport check-in counters with Common Use Terminal Equipment (CUTE), car parking, etc.Terminal 2 has 23 airport check- in counters, 25 (15 Arrival and 10 Departure) immigration counters, four customs and six security counters that can easily accommodate the passenger traffic at the airport and provide them a hassle-free experience.
Passenger traffic growth
The New Intergrated Terminal Building has a capacity of handling 3.5 million passengers annually with all state-of- the-art facilities. Jaipur International Airport witnessed a growth of 15.37 per cent in the last year (2018-19) with an approximate figure of 5.5 million passenger footfall.
Jaipur International Airport is well connected to cities like Delhi and Mumbai as well as to cities like Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Pune, Chennai, Kolkata, Guwahati, Jaisalmer, Surat, Varanasi, Amritsar, Agra, Bhopal, Dehradun, Lucknow etc. The airport also connects to international destinations like Muscat, Sharjah, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. At present, the airport has international flights operated by Air India Express, Air Arabia, Oman Air, Thai Smile, SpiceJet, Air Asia Thai, Air Asia X and domestic flights of Air India, SpiceJet, IndiGo, Go Air, Air Asia and Alliance Air.
The New Integrated Terminal-2 Building is made of glass and steel structure having all modern passenger- friendly facilities such as central heating system central air conditioning, inclined arrival baggage claim carousels, lift, escalators, flight information display system (FIDS), CCTV, CUTE, CUSS etc. The airport is also equipped with CAT- III B system, which facilitate landing of aircraft in foggy/poor visibility conditions up to 125 metre RVR. The airport is also equipped with Navigational aid and Surveillance Instruments such as ILS CAT-III B Glide path, Localiser, DVOR, ASMGCS, SMR, ADS-B etc and also with visual aids such as CAT-III lighting system, PAPI, H indicator, beacons and wind direction indicator. Free Wi-Fi, tribes India shop, snack bar, handicraft shop, Rajasthani traditional item shop, bangles shop, leather accessories shop, forex counter, ATM, tourist kiosk, prepaid taxi, cab services, car parking have been made available for the comfort of passengers.
In order to provide better visibilty during landing and take-off of aircraft in bad weather conditions. CAT-III B system has been provided at the airport. The aircraft operation is now possible even in low visibility of 125 m, resulting in decrease of flight diversions. Along with that Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (A-SMGCS), Airport Operations Control Centre (AOCC), Automation and Automatic dependent Surveillance— Broadcast (ADS-B) has been successfully commissioned at the airport. The work of 19 bays has been completed with extra parking, which also caters the parking requirement of diverted flights specially in winters.
Many new projects are under execution stage and will be made operation in the coming months:
•The refurbishment of Terminal-1 building (11350 sq.m) is under full swing for international flight operation.
•Expansion of departure building is almost completed and eight new check-in counters are added.
•Parallel taxi track work is under progress. Once completed, the airport can handle more number of flights.
•Cargo building with 1,02,00 MT of annual cargo handling capacity is under construction stage.
•SITC of ILBS system (In-line x-ray for baggage) will be completed by December 2019.
•Theairportis also working towards construction of the new state- of-the- art Terminal Building at the airport.
•Construction of a cargo apron and MSSR and ASR are also being discussed as a future agenda.
Corporate Social Responsibility
The Airports Authority of India aims to achieve, consolidate and strengthen good corporate governance including socially and environmentally responsible business practices that balance financial profit with social well-being. In this series Jaipur International Airport has completed ‘AASHA’ Skill Training Programme for Underprivileged Women, Jaipur. Skills development programme for unemployed women living in ‘Sanganer’ area near the airport was also started. The programme trained 180 women in 16 batches on cutting and tailoring, soft toys making and tie & dye in the initial year. In order to provide better access to the training opportunity, the project is implemented in a centre based within the community where the beneficiaries live. The initiative has not only opened up new opportunities for the unemployed women of the community, but also opened up empowerment opportunities through collectivisation. Serving the royal state of Rajasthan, the courtesy can be witnessed at the airport as they continue to strive towards better infrastucture and passenger facilities.
Know your airport director
Jaideep Singh Balhara joined as Assistant Executive Engineer(Elect.) in AAI in the year 1994. Presently he is working as the Airport Director at Jaipur International Airport since October 2016 prior to which he was the Airport Director of Guwahati and Chandigarh Airport. Mr. Balhara completed his Master in Business Management during service and is certified International Airport Professional (IAP) by having achieved the academic requirements of the Global ACI-ICAO Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme(AMPAP).