The Indore International airport is known as Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport and is located approximately 8 km west of Indore. Named after the Maharani Ahilya Bai Holkar of the Holkar dynasty of the Maratha Empire, the airport is the 20th busiest airport in the country. According to the statistical reports garnered during the year April 2011 to March 2012, the Indore airport received 1,112,834 passenger movements and 13,701 aircraft movements. Indore is a popular city located in the state of Madhya Pradesh in Central India.
The airport has been in existence since the year 1935 when it was under the administration of the Holkar dynasty. The operations of the airport were formally handed over to the government of India in April 1950. The present day airport was inaugurated in March 1996 after expansion of the runway. Night landing facilities have also been provided for all the flights to Indore.
There are total of 3 terminals at the airport – domestic, international and cargo. There are numerous shops, snack bars and facilities of duty free shopping are also available at the domestic and international terminals.
Domestic Terminal– The domestic terminal at the Indore airport is very well equipped and highly developed. Modern escalators, high tech baggage handling system, two lifts and two escalators are available to assist the passengers. Air India, jet Airways, Jet Connect, IndiGo, Spice Jet and Ventura Air Connect are some of the domestic flight operators which provides various domestic flight offers to Indore.
International Terminal– This is the new expandable terminal building which was inaugurated on 14th February 2012 and has the capacity of handling 700 passengers in an hour. Catering to the movement of 46 flights in a day, this terminal boasts of 16 check-in counters, total of 16 immigration counters (4 of which are at the departure and 12 at arrivals) and four counters for customs. An ATM, book stall and a food court too is available.
Cargo Terminal– As far as air cargo is concerned, Indore is a popular port for imports and exports. The cargo terminal of the airport is well maintained with huge warehouses, adequate facilities and strict security.
Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh has the Bhopal airport which is the closest airport to Indore, around 169 km away.
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