Last Updated: March 05, 2021, 2334 hrs IST

In 2021, the Airport Authority of India released a Rs. 987 crore tender for Phase 1 of airport project. The airport will have a 3,200 metre long runway and 45 meter wide suitable for 4E category aircraft aligned with a Fire-Station of Category 9. The airport is expected to cater to not only DSIR and its hinterland, but also to traffic overflow from the Ahmedabad international airport.

The greenfield airport is planned to be built near Navagam in the Dholera taluka of Ahmedabad District. The project site will be spread over on 1,426 hectares near village Navagam in Dholera taluka which is about 80 kms from Ahmedabad and around 20 kms from the Dholera Special Investment Region (SIR).

The (AAI) inspected the site in January 2010 to carry out a techno-economical feasibility study and gave its technical clearance. The Dholera International Airport Company Ltd (DIACL) was founded in 2013 to develop the airport. The central government approved the site in July 2014,the Environment Ministry gave its approval in December 2015.

Gujarat comprises three international airports, out of which Ahmedabad is the busiest one airport in Gujarat and the 7th busiest in India.

The lack of an international airport in the Saurashtra region and its vicinity will make Dholera international airport strategic and advantageous in many ways. The upcoming airport will be an advantage for the aerospace, defence and manufacturing industries who look forward to investing in the greenfield industrial smart city of Dholera and provide greater impetus to tourism and travel in Gujarat.

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