Located 8 km to the north-east of Vadodara, in the suburb of Harni, Vadodara Airport is the only airdrome in the city. A fact that makes Vadodara Airport distinctly unique from its counterparts is its unique designing. The domestic terminal of the Vadodara Airport, a.k.a. Civil Airport Harni, has a mix of Gujarati and Islamic architectural styles; complete with domes on the roof. A domestic airport until now, Vadodara Airport would soon become an international airdrome, once the new terminal (currently under construction) gets operational. The airport falls under the Airport Authority of India (AAI) and is well connected to all the major cities of India, including Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. Located at an elevation of 127 feet, Vadodara Airport boasts of 8,100 ft long runway, coupled with asphalt surface.
Since the present Vadodara Airport is extremely small and not well equipped for handling large number of people, plans for extending its capacity as well as introducing international carriers have been initiated. The construction of a new Integrated Terminal Building called for an international architectural design competition. Eventually, the design submitted by US-based Frederic Schwartz Architects won the competition and the contract to design the new terminal was awarded to the firm.
Construction work for the new terminal of Vadodara Airport had been initiated on February 26, 2009. Sprawling over an area of 18,120 sq. meters, the new airport would have the ability to handle 700 passengers (500 domestic and 200 international) per hour. The airport is expected to have about 18 check-in counters. There are also plans to open a cargo terminal for the future, as currently; the airport does not handle cargo.