In a significant development, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has granted an aerodrome license for the Ayodhya Airport, paving the way for its inaugural flight on December 30. Developed by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) at a cost of ₹350 crore, the airport is strategically timed for inauguration ahead of the upcoming Ram Mandir inauguration in Ayodhya.
Key Features of Maryada Purshottam Shri Ram International Airport
- Passenger Terminal Building: The airport features a state-of-the-art passenger terminal building capable of accommodating up to 500 passengers during peak hours.
- Runway Capacity: The runway is designed to accommodate narrowbody flights, including the Airbus A320 family and Boeing 737s.
- Instrument Landing System (ILS): Equipped with ILS, the airport facilitates flight operations at night and in low-visibility conditions, enhancing overall operational efficiency.
- Inaugural Flight: IndiGo, a prominent budget carrier, has announced its inaugural flight from Delhi to Ayodhya on December 30. Regular commercial flights will commence from January 6, offering daily services. Additionally, flights connecting Ayodhya with Ahmedabad will start from January 11 on a thrice-weekly basis.
- Architectural Resonance: The airport’s facade mirrors the architectural aesthetics of the upcoming Ram temple in Ayodhya. Decorative columns and local art within the terminal intricately depict the life-cycle of Lord Rama, adding a cultural touch to the infrastructure.
The Ayodhya Airport, named Maryada Purshottam Shri Ram International Airport, not only signifies a significant boost in connectivity but also serves as a testament to the cultural and religious heritage of the region. As it opens its gates to travelers, the airport is poised to become a key pilgrimage and transit point, seamlessly blending modern infrastructure with cultural resonance.