Dehradun Airport gears up for New version

, AAI Updates

The Dehradun Airport is ready to experience the better side with extensive new developments in its bag

Dehradun Airport, commonly known as Jolly Grant Airport, is situated about 27 km away from Dehradun city. Uttarakhand is a land of sublime natural beauty and serene spirituality. And to top it is the availability of numerous can’t-miss experiences ranging from water sports to ashrams connecting you with your inner self.

Uttarakhand has everything in store for tourists who are daring enough to face heights of the Himalayas, passionate enough to sail on the snow and keen enough to explore. The city of Dehradun is the commercial nerve centre of Uttarakhand whereas the airport is the gateway to most of the tourist destinations in the state.

Dehradun Airport has been figuring among the top five airports in the country in customer satisfaction index surveys during the past two years

history & development

Constructed in 1974, the small airstrip was used only for helicopter operation prior to 1982. Vayudoot was the first commercial airline operator that commenced operation from here in 1982, connecting Lucknow, Pantnagar and Delhi. The first low-cost airlines, Air Deccan, started its scheduled flight service between New Delhi and Dehradun in 2004. Since then, the airport has seen a drastic rise in passenger traffic.

To accomodate the increasing passenger footfall in the airport, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) upgraded the infrastructure between 2007 and 2009. It included extension & widening of the runway, along with CAT-1 ILS (Instrument Landing System) & SAPL, construction of a New Terminal Building, New ATS Building, Fire Station cum MT Section & Administrative Block.

Today, Dehradun Airport provides multiple flights connecting major cities of India – Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Varanasi, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Pantnagar, Pithoragarh, Lucknow & Jaipur.

Dehradun Airport also has other modern navigational facilities like, DVOR facilitating aircraft routing and homing, CAT-I ILS system with simple approach light system aiding in landing during night, INDRA ATS Automation System providing seamless Air Traffic Control Service.

Existing Terminal Building of the airport


New Initiatives

Extension of watch hours from 0640 – 2000 hrs to 0640 – 2100 hrs (IST) w.e.f. September 1, 2019 to cover maximum departure of flights.

Proposed commissioning of offsite Cargo complex.

Establishment of Police Post in city side car parking area.

Various commercial facility introduced at Dehradun Airport:

a. Money Exchange Counter

b. Executive Lounge in Departure

Installation of PET shredder machine.

Installation of sanitary napkin vending machines along with incinerators

Implementation of Smart feedback system in NTB.

Aerodrome licensing of Dehradun airport got renewed up to November 17, 2021.

Know Your Airport Director

Mr. D.K. Gautam, Airport Director, Dehradun Airport, has rendered his services as one of the most accomplished Airport Director at Jammu Airport from June 2015 – March 2019 & Dehradun Airport from March, 2019 afterwards.

Before taking up the responsibility as Airport Director, Jammu, he has served for more than 30 years as a Civil Engineer and has undertaken major projects at different airports.

He has in-depth experience in all kinds of airport development and operations activities, with development of Terminal Buildings and Runways being his area of expertise.

Expamsion of Runway plan


The airport saw rapid growth in passenger & aircraft movements in the past couple of years, which is likely to continue in future too upon completion of infrastructure development projects.

Present Structure of Terminal Building

The existing terminal is a glass and steel structure, having 4200 sqm area and is equipped with modern passenger friendly facilities such as 11 check-in counters, Reserved & CIP lounge, baby care room, two conveyor belts in the arrival hall, F&B and few retail outlets and various other passenger facilities.

The peak hour passenger handling capacity of the existing terminal building is 150 passengers (75 Departure & 75 Arrival) while the annual handling capacity is 0.40 million Passengers Per Annum (MPPA). However, with major initiatives by the Government of India resulting to unprecedented growth in the aviation sector, Dehradun has witnessed a constant growth in air traffic ever since IndiGo commenced its operations in 2015. Today, the airport is handling 6-7 times of the passenger traffic it managed during the past during peak hours. The total passenger movement is likely to reach 1.4 million during year 2019-20.

Airside of Dehradun Airport

Proposed New Terminal Building

The proposed Passenger Terminal Building is designed to handle over 1800 people during peak hours, with the total area & specifications of the airport matching the level of IATA recommendations.

The Passenger Terminal has an area of 42,776 sqm, which includes concourse, check-in area, security hold, arrival lounge at Ground Floor, Mezzanine Floor, First Floor and partial basement, with the estimated cost of the project being `457 crore. The proposed Terminal Building will have the following salient features:

6000 sqm (approx) Commercial Area

36 Check-in Counters

6 Passenger Lifts

4 Escalators

4 Passenger Boarding Bridges

4-Star GRIHA Rating

Integration of local heritage and culture of Uttarakhand

Solar panels for renewable energy (300 KVA)

Rainwater harvesting & STP


As part of the initiatives towards environment protection, various steps have been undertaken by airports that include banning of single-use plastic items like straws, plastic cutleries and plastic plates at passenger terminals. In this respect, Dehradun Airport was declared ‘Single-Use Plastic Free Airport Terminal in January 2019.

These continuous efforts towards environment and other steps undertaken has made the airport rank among the top five airports in the country in customer satisfaction index surveys during the past two years.

Recently, Dehradun Airport fire station has been adjudicated as the best fire station in the Northern Region by RED (NR)


Existing Apron

29152 m2

Parking stands

Four. Code-C and Four. Code-B type Aircraft

Proposed Expansion

32100 m2
(Approx.) New Taxiway – 135 metre long

Parking Stand

(after expansion)

10 Code-C and 10

Code-B type aircraft

Future Plans

Acquisition of 250-acre land for extension of runway and other infrastructure development works.

Commencement of operations by Vistara in the coming months.

Night parking & base flight operations

Commissioning of expanded Apron (consisting of 12 parking bays) by June 2020.

Commissioning of 1st Phase of New Terminal Building by July 2020 and 2nd Phase by June 2021.

Commencement of Heli services under RCS by Pawan Hans Ltd. between Dehradun – New Tehri – Srinagar – Gauchar – Srinagar – New Tehri – Dehradun.

Completion of Runway re-carpetting work by June 2020.

Multi-level car parking on DBOT basis.

New Terminal Building plan

Boosting regional connectivity, the state government has started the first ever helicopter services from Dehradun’s Sahastradhara helipad to Gauchar, and Chinyalisaur under the Regional Connectivity Scheme – Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (RCS-UDAN) of Government of India. Heritage Aviation has started helicopter services from Sahastradhara to Gauchar and Chinyalisaur twice daily from February 8, 2020. This will help boost religious tourism during Char Dham Yatra under extreme weather conditions.

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