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Record 6,280 passengers throng Jolly Grant Airport

Dehradun: The Dehradun airport on Friday recorded movement of 6,280 passengers, the highest since it has been operational. In fact, this was the first time when the Jolly Grant Airport, located 25-km from the main city, witnessed the movement of 6,000 passengers in a day.
Airport director Prabhakar Mishra told, "It is the highest passenger movement ever recorded at the airport. With more flights likely to start operating from the airport in the future, we are confident of the number going up further. We are connected with several major cities, including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Jaipur, Prayagraj, Bengaluru, Amritsar, Varanasi, and Lucknow. In the coming months, we will have air connectivity to more cities."
At present, Dehradun has air connectivity with 11 Indian cities and a total of 27 flights operate from the airport daily. In comparison, 20 flights were operating from the state capital during the last winter season. With a new terminal building recently becoming a part of the airport, the authorities are optimistic about a rise in the number of fights in the winter schedule too.
Mishra added, "We do have a night landing system but at present, we do not have a flight in the night hours as well." He pointed out that the runway length was 2,140 meters, which allowed the landing of Airbus 320 and Boeing 737 airplanes.
On October 8, 2021, Union civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia inaugurated a new terminal building at Jolly Grant Airport. Built at a whopping Rs. 325 crore, the terminal has increased the passenger per hour capacity of the airport from 250 to 1,200. Besides, Dhami and Scindia also flagged off helicopter services for seven key routes in the Himalayan state. Constructed in the first phase of airport expansion, the new terminal has a total area of 28,729 square meters built at Rs. 325 crore. The second phase of work is also in progress. In Phase II, the building will be further expanded to an area of 14,047 sqm at Rs. 132 crore. The new terminal has 36 check-in counters and four aerobridges.

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