Surat Airport to get international status soon – BJP MPs from Surat and NavsariApril 07, 2018
The Surat Airport located in Magdalla here is likely to get international status soon, BJP MPs Surat and Navsari today said.
Addressing a press conference Surat MP Darshanaben Jardosh and Navsari MP C R Patil claimed that the notification regarding international status to Surat Airport would be issued in the next week or so.
If it happens then the third busiest airport in Guajrat (After Ahmedabad and Vadodara), would also become the second international airport in the state (after Ahmedabad, Vadodara despite having an international terminal has not yet got the formal status).
Sanjay Ezhava, who heads the group Surat Airport Action Committee (SAAC), said that recently customs officials had done some inspection at the airport and suggested some expansion of red and green carpet area. This seemingly was the only glitch now in Surat getting an international (custom) airport like Nagpur and Pune etc.
He said that though the airport needs a good deal of expansion for it becoming truly international airport yet it was somehow almost ready for the custom international status.
‘Though the entire length of 2905 meter of the runway can’t be used from one end (from Vesu side) owing to over a dozen high rise buildings yet it can be used from the other ie Dumas side. Once it gets international stutus many of the airlines would start international flights withing six weeks. The airport can operate Airbus 321 and Air India, SpiceJet etc were interested in starting flights for destinations like Dubai, Bangkok and Hongkong,’ he said.
Notably Surat Airport (IATA: STV, ICAO: VASU) airport is located in Magdalla, 11 kilometers southwest of Surat. It has enough land for expansion as a full fledged international airport.
Local business community in this diamond city and others were demanding international status for it since long. Surat also happens to be the second largest city in Gujarat after Ahmedabad.
The city now has flights to and from Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, and other cities yet international air connectivity is still a dream.
Ezhava said that the district administration has acquired 324 hectare land for the airport’s expansion, but it has not been allotted to Airports Authority of India (AAI). The runway also needed to be extended to a length of 4,000 metre so that it can handle larger aircraft.
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