Airports of India is one of our country's most cost-effective and ambitious infrastructure projects. It aims to transform travel and to increase air travel among Indians. However, there are exceptions! Due to a lack of infrastructure and proper security, the country is home to some relatively run-down runways, which are now under the purview of the Airports Authority of India.
The seven airports in India that few would ever fly out of seems intriguing, especially given the country's plight throughout the years. Let’s check them out:
Mandakalli, Mysore, Karnataka
The magnificent airfield, which had been recently restored, vanished off India's aeronautical maps when Spicejet, the last Indian public airline, ceased operations. The airport is unique for being a small airport that precludes landing and taking off medium and large aircraft. Additionally, because the airstrip is sandwiched between an expressway and the world-famous Chamundi Hills, there is significantly less possibility for expansion.
Nal, Bikaner, Rajasthan
This airport is operated as a civil enclave by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) on the Bikaner Airforce station and is owned by the Indian government. The airport, which opened its doors on 29 June 2014, has yet to host its first flight out of the city.
Reuters once had released many images of the abandoned airfield—which was secluded in the desert—on their website. And AAI's exquisite Jaisalmer airfield was dubbed as a "Ghost Airport."
The goal was to connect Rajasthan's remote regions, where air travel is becoming more popular. Although the government spent over INR 100 crores on the project, the terminals are disarrayed, with pigeons outnumbering people.
Lengpui Airport, Mizoram
Lengpui Airport, located 32 km from the state capital of Azawi, is a tabletop airport. The 2,500-meter-long runway was built on top of a plain, with the runway's end falling over sheer cliffs on both sides. It creates an optical illusion, requiring the pilot to be more precise when landing the aircraft.
If private jets flying into and out of Nanded are omitted, the city has essentially no regular services. Previously, Kingfisher and GoAir flights operated from this airport, owned and managed by Reliance Infra. However, as a result of a lack of clients, maintaining profitability became economically untenable.
In the case of Gondia Airport, the building and upgrade of the facility exemplify how to appease the voter base while ignoring financial considerations. The AAI refurbished Gondia Airport, which was built by the state in indigenous territory. It was astounding to know that an airport that was hardly used had been renovated at a startling cost of Rs. 200 crores.
Jubbarhatti Airport, Himachal Pradesh
This small airport, located 22 km from Shimla's main tourist attraction, serves a restricted number of passengers. It only has enough space for two miniature aeroplanes at a time. Until recently, the only airline that flew to and from Jubbarhatti was Kingfisher Airlines, which has since ceased operations. To date, no regular flights have operated from this said airport.