Indore Airport is the busiest airport in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It is also known as Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport, after Ahilya Bai Holkar, the ruler of Indore from 1767 to 1795. The airport is located at a distance of eight km to the southeast of Indore and is managed by the Airport Authority of India. It has direct flights to all the major Indian cities, like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmadabad, Bhopal, etc. International flights to Sharjah, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok can also be availed from the airport. The airport has only one terminal. Plans are underway to give Indore Airport an international status. At present, the expansion of its runway is in progress.
With plans underway to expand the airstrip, international flights are soon expected to make it to the Indore Airport. Six apron bays, six parking bays and an isolation bay will also be constructed for the purpose, besides the expansion of the terminal building. A total budget of Rs. 70 crore has been sanctioned for this purpose. A new surveillance radar system would be installed at the Bhopal airport soon. Plans to set up a new integrated terminal building and a new Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower are also in the pipeline. Flights for Haj pilgrims have been operating from Indore since 2008.