- Brief introduction
Gujarat possesses one of the largest networks of airports and airfields in the country. It has 17 airports, including one international airport, under the operational jurisdiction of Airports Authority of India (AAI). All except three airports are operational and most run scheduled fights, through there are cyclical variations. Apart from AAI airports, there are three airstrips under State Government jurisdiction located at Mehsana, Amreli, and Mandvi.
In addition, state envisages opportunities in non-passenger segment viz. Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) of aircrafts, air-cargo, and creation of a regional hub for airline operations, aviation training and back office activities.
The goals for Airport sector state is aiming at are as under
- Ensure availability of quality airport infrastructure and air connectivity to passengers in the State.
- Trigger development through the high visibility Greenfield international airport project.
- Explore opportunities in non passenger aviation segments such as maintenance, repair and overhaul of aircraft, air cargo, regional hub of airlines, air taxi services etc.
- Encourage manpower development and skill building in aviation sector by encouraging flight schools and aviation academies at not-in-use air fields.