Amritsar International Airport is popularly known as Raja Sansi International Airport. The airport is named after Maharaja Ranjit Singh's family name - Sansi. It is located 11 km north-west from the city of Amritsar, India, and serves a large number of domestic and international airlines. The airport is not just confined to Amritsar, but also to the state of Punjab. Amritsar Airport was refurbished recently. A newly finished Arrivals Terminal was incepted in September 2005, while finished Departures Terminal has been operational since March 2006.
Currently, nine international airlines are operating from Raja Sansi International Airport, Amritsar. From the airport, Air India operates flights with destination to London-Heathrow and Toronto-Pearson. Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines' flights plying to Delhi also operate from the airport. The other international airlines, which operate from here, include Mahan Air (with destination to Tehran-Imam Khomeini), Turkmenistan Airlines (flying to Ashgabat) and Uzbekistan Airlines (to Tashkent). As many as 90 commercial flights (including domestic and international) are handled by the airport, on a week.
Raja Sansi International Airport has undergone modernization, with a view to fulfill the growing need for a fully-operational state-of-the-art international airport in Amritsar. The new departures terminal, which was started in March 2006, is an amalgamation of modern and Indian designs. The terminal is made of glass and steel. The recent development is that the airport has completed Phase II of its renovation process. The refurbished terminal building of the airport was inaugurated on February 25, 2009.
Raja Sansi International Airport aims to make it satisfy every need of the passengers, arriving or departing from the place. Some of the facilities that the airport is about to provide, include A brand new cargo handling facility, four new aerobridges, a new car parking facility for both passengers and visitors. In addition to this, the airport plans to increase its runway from 369 meters to a total length of 3,658 meters. The passenger terminal building size will also be doubled. Parking bays will be increased from the present 5 to 14.
New Terminal Building