The Amritsar International Airport is known as Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport and is located on the Amritsar-Ajnala road, which is approximately 11 km northwest of the main city. The airport was named after the fourth Sikh Guru and founder of Amritsar, Sri Guru Ram Dass Ji. It serves as a joint airport for states of Punjab, Jammu division in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and the state of Himachal Pradesh in India.
The Amritsar airport is one of the largest airports in North India and currently handles a total of 100 domestic as well as international flights. Amritsar is a popular city in Punjab and various flights to Amritsar are available from various parts of the country and the world. The airport received 7, 56,147 passenger movements and 9,071 aircraft movements during the year April 2010 to March 2011. The airport has seen a rise in number of international flights. A new integrated terminal at the Amritsar airport was inaugurated on 25th February 2009. The airport amalgamates the best of technology with Indian style architecture and colors.
There is only one terminal at the airport which serves both domestic and international passengers. The new terminal has the capacity of handling 1,200 passengers at any time. The airport reports an annual handling capacity of 1.46 million passengers. The integrated building has 30 check-in counters, 4 X-ray scanners (for baggage), 26 immigration Counters, 10 custom counters, 12 security check booths, and 4 conveyor belts for arrivals. Many new features and plans are underway to make the Amritsar airport one of the best airports in the county.
Other facilities at the airport include duty free shop, foreign currency exchange, a book store, restaurant and other shops. Some of the most common flight operators which provide cheap domestic as well as international flight services to Amritsar airport are Air India, Air India Express, Jet Airways, Jet Connect, Qatar Airways, Spice Jet, Turkeminstan Airline and Uzbekistan Airways. The Lahore airport in Pakistan, which is at a distance of only 42 km from Amritsar, is the nearest overseas airport.
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