The new Rajkot International Airport in Gujarat commenced flight operations with the arrival of its inaugural flight from Indore. This flight’s arrival was celebrated with a ceremonial lamp-lighting event attended by dignitaries and a traditional water cannon salute.

On its first operational day, a total of 11 flights served 2,546 passengers at the new Rajkot International Airport, as reported by the Airports Authority of India in a statement on Monday.

The New International Airport in Hirasar, Rajkot, Gujarat, plays a pivotal role as a gateway connecting the western part of Gujarat to the rest of India and the world. It was officially inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 27, with the presence of state Chief Minister Bhupendrabhai Patel, Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, and other dignitaries.

The airport’s terminal building is designed to accommodate 500 passengers during peak hours, and there are plans to increase the capacity to 2,800 passengers during peak hours and serve 35 lakh passengers annually. The airport features a 3040-meter-long runway equipped with an Instrument Landing System (ILS) to facilitate 24×7 operations.

The facility is capable of parking up to 14 aircraft, allowing for increased flight capacity.

The new Rajkot Airport integrates modern technology and sustainable features to enhance travel convenience while contributing to a reduction in carbon footprint. The airport’s terminal design draws inspiration from Rajkot’s cultural vibrancy, showcasing various art forms, from Lippan art to Dandiya dance, through dynamic external facades and splendid interiors.

The establishment of the second International Airport at Rajkot will offer direct connectivity for international travelers visiting Rajkot and the nearby regions of Saurashtra. It is expected to boost trade, tourism, education, and both heavy and small-scale industries in the region.

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