Name of airport: Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport
Name of operator: MIHAN INDIA LIMITED (A Joint Venture of MADC (51%) and AAI (49%))
Currently it is spread in an area of about 500 hectares
Runway: 3200 m x 45 m with CAT – I Operations for 24 hours
Fire Services: CAT VII, it can be upgraded to CAT-VIII with 12 hours prior notice.
Fully operational and all weather airport: 24 x 7
Apron to accommodate 17 Nos. Code "C" parking bays which includes 2 Nos. In-Contact bays (Aerobridges), 10 Nos. of Terminal parking bays and 5 Nos. remote parking bays
Area of Terminal building: Approx. 25,000 Sq. Mtrs super build-up area
21 Nos. Check-in Counters
No. of boarding gates at present in use: 6 Nos. for Domestic and 2 No. for International
Customs and Immigration Departments available
Airlines operating: Domestic – Air India, Go Air, Indigo; International – Air Arabia, Qatar Airways.
No. of operations per day (currently): 37 x 2 = 74
Passengers handled in the year 2018 (January to December): 26,72,000 Nos.
Car parking capacity: Approx. 400 Nos.
Cargo complex of approx. 1510 Sq. Mtrs
Security maintained by CISF (sanctioned strength: 326 Nos.) and supported by CCTV Surveillance, DFMDs, HHMDs, X-BIS, and Dog Squad etc
ATF suppliers : IOCL, BPCL, HPCL and Reliance
ATF available at 5% sales tax only
Currently over 1400 aircrafts fly over the air space of Nagpur
Nagpur Airport was commissioned in the year 1917-18 and was operated by Royal Military Force, Indian Air Force, National Airport Authority and Airports Authority of India till 2009. This airport was named as Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport in 2005 and the first scheduled international flight took off from this Airport in October 2005.
In order to remove the development backlog of Vidarbha, Government of Maharashtra decided to develop Nagpur airport as a Hub airport for both Passengers and Cargo Accordingly, in the year 1999, this project was assigned to MSRDC. On the directions of the Government of Maharashtra, MSRDC conducted the Techno-economic Feasibility Study (TEFS) through a consortium of consultants led by M/s L & T Ramboll in the year 2001. The study included :
Environmental Impact Assessment
As per the TEFS carried out, the traffic projections, considering the horizon year 2030 was envisaged as follows :
7 Mln Passengers
1 Mln Passengers
The major highlights / recommendations of the TEFS are as below :
Expansion of existing runway from 3200 x 45 Mtrs. to 4000 x 60 Mtrs
Development of second parallel runway of 4000 x 60 Mtrs. along with taxiways to cater Code 'P operations
Construction of Terminal building of approx area of 3 lakh sq. Mtrs
Providing other facilities like ATC, navigational aids, etc.
MRTS connecting airport to city, etc.
On 18 Dec 2006 an MOU was signed between the State and Central Governments wherein it was decided to form a Joint Venture Company with Maharashtra Airports Development Company (MADC) holding 51% and Airports Authority of India (AAI) holding 49% equity participation and also to transfer the assets of Nagpur airport to such Joint Venture Company, including the AAI staff other than CNS and ATM.
A Joint Venture Agreement to this effect was signed on 22nC February 2009 and a joint venture company, viz. MIHAN India Ltd. (IMIL) was registered on 09 June 2009
The joint venture company, viz MIL took over this airport from Airports Authority of India (AAI) for operations, maintenance and further development with effect from 07 August 2009.
Pursuant to taking over of this Airport MIL, considering the change in aviation sector, decided to revise the Master Plan of this airport and accordingly a revised Master Plan along with its cost implication and phase-wise implementation was assigned to M/s. India Aviation and Consulting Support LLP. The broad features of the revised Master Plan are as follows :
To expand the existing runway from 3200 x 45 meters to 3,600 x 45 meters
The provision of second parallel runway of 4000 x 60 meters, along with the requisite taxiways to cater Code 'F operations To initially construct an apron to park 16 aircrafts
To construct an integrated Terminal Building of approx. area of 74,000 sq. Meters
Provision of ATC, CNS., a loyal Fire Station, Fire Fighting arrangements, etc
Provision of 9 Nos. of hangers for aircraft maintenance
Provision of underground Fuel Hydrant System
Development strategy through PPP wherein Phase I to be develop at a cost of ? 1,085 Crore from the year 2015 - 2030 and to develop Phase II at an approximate cost of 425 Crore from 2013-2045
As on date, the revised Master Plan has been approved by the Board of Directors of MIL and the draft Request for Quotation (RFQ) is under advance stage of preparation.
Nagpur, the second capital of Maharashtra State has a strategic place among the international aviation routes. Its unique location at the crossing of the air route between Europe and South-East Asia, as well as between South Africa and North-East Asia makes it a logical and ideal location for passenger and cargo hub. The project involves construction of a second runway, a new terminal building and a cargo complex through a build-operate-transfer basis. This will may Nagpur city one among the most important business and economic nucleus in the central India and Asia.
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport is a customs airport serving the city of Nagpur, Maharashtra and India. It was named after Bharat Ratna Dr. "Babasaheb" Ambedkar, the chief architect of the Indian Constitution in 2005. Though an airport has been existing at Nagpur for many years, it has never been an important airport, possibly because airport developments so far in India were based on regional requirements and there was no concept of hub airport. At present about 120 – 140 passenger trains and about 80 – 100 freight trains cross Nagpur every day. Apart from this over 7000 trucks cross Nagpur every day. Their integration with International Passenger and Cargo Airport facilities would make it very advantageous and cost effective for development of air transportation.
Information pertaining to existing airport at Nagpur
As a part of MIHAN Project, it is planned to expand/upgrade the existing airport as International Passenger & Cargo Hub.
The prospects for cargo traffic are enhanced by the development of an Inland Container Terminal (ICT) and Truck Terminal (TT) close to the airport. The ICT has domestic and international divisions and has services by rail and road links. In view of the excellent position of Nagpur on the trunk national routes of roadways and railway, considerable amount of inter-modal cargo traffic, from and to road and rail modes is expected for the airport.
The proposed hub Airport will help Nagpur to emerge as a leading international tourist gateway for India providing a number of new tourism route options, especially for Adventure, Wild life and Buddhist tour circuits.
The potential for creating an international hub airport at Nagpur can be gauged from the fact that there is hardly any Hub Airport in a 5-hour fly-zone from India (i.e. between Dubai and Singapore). All over the world there are clusters of hub airports within 1 to 2 hours of fly zone. Much smaller countries around India over the years have successfully set up major hubs and are drawing huge transit traffic.
Nagpur has very good potential for becoming an International Hub Airport also in view of its geographic location. For the international hub-and-spoke traffic, the following routes have been identified as potential Hub-routes: Europe- S-E Asia & South Pacific; Africa-NE Asia; Europe-South West Asia; NE / SE Asia-South West Asia. On the domestic front Nagpur will act as a hub for all North-South-East-West traffic in India. Nagpur probably has the best location in India from the point of view of sustaining domestic hubbing.
Nagpur Airport is expected to draw its due share from the available market for India. Depending upon the kind of infrastructure at Nagpur and the competition from existing and proposed new hub airports. Nagpur has a distinct advantage over other proposed Airports in terms of (a) low gestation period (on account of the existing Airport); (b) expected rapid development of domestic connectivity (on account of its unique location to support domestic hubbing); (c) Easy Access to almost 10% of the potential International hubbing traffic in the form of currently over-flying flights over the City (accounted by over 55 different Airlines); (d) Possibility of creating perhaps the best multi-modal infrastructure in the country within MIHAN.
To be spread over an area of approx. 1320 Hectares of land
Additional parallel second runway of 4,000 M x 60 M (Code F runway)
Terminal building to handle 7 million passengers per annum by 2044-45
Cargo Complex to handle about 60.000 MT per annum by 2044-45
Taxiway (Code F) connecting two parallel runways and the Terminal building
Parking bays to accommodate about 100 aircraft at a time
Underground fuel hydrant system
Hotels, shopping complex, entertainment facilities etc.
In order to remove the development backlog of Vidarbha, Government of Maharashtra decided to develop Nagpur airport as a Hub airport for both Passenger and cargo. Accordingly, in the year 1999, this project was assigned to MSRDC. On the directions of the Government of Maharashtra, MSRDC conducted the Techno-economic feasibility Study (TEFS) through a consortium of consultants led by M/s. L & T Ramboll in the year 2001.
On 18 Dec 2006, an MOU was signed between the State and Central Government wherein it was decided to form a Joint Venture Company with Maharashtra Airports Development Company (MADC) holding 51% and Airports Authority of India (AAI) holding 49% equity participation and also to transfer the assets of Nagpur airport to such Joint Venture Company, viz. MIHAN India Ltd. (MIL)
A joint Venture Agreement to this effect was signed on 22 Feb 2009 and a joint venture company, viz. MIHAN India Ltd (IML) was registered on 09 Jun 2009