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Also called as Raja Sansi Airport, the Amritsar International airport is named after Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee who was the fourth Sikh Guru and the founder of Amritsar city. The arrival terminal of the airport was inaugurated in the year 2005 and the departure terminal started its operation in March 2006. The airport is operated by Airports Authority of India (AAI) that manages all activities and security of the airport. Currently the airport handles about 100 commercial flights a week including both international and domestic. During the years April-December 2009, the airport registered a passenger growth of 64.6%, thereby making it the fastest growing airport in India.
The airport has an Integrated Terminal Building that houses both domestic as well as international arrival and departure terminals. It has the capacity to handle 1200 passengers at a time and is equipped with all modern facilities.
Domestic Terminal: Regular domestic flights run from this terminal and main operating airlines are Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Spice Jet and Air India.
International Terminal: This terminal handles international flights like Turkmenistan Amritsar Flights, Jet Airways Amritsar Flights, Uzbekistan Amritsar Flights, Air India Amritsar Flights, TransAero and Singapore Airlines. The terminal has various stores like Snack Bar Counter, Juice Bar, magazines/newspapers stalls etc.
Currently, the airport doesn’t have any transit waiting rooms for passengers. But it has installed four new aerobridges for easy access to and from terminals, out of which two are operational.
The most holy and revered destination for Sikh religion, Amritsar, is also a popular name in the chapters of Indian history. Both history and spirituality are intertwined along the walls of Amritsar that pull in enthusiastic travellers from round the world. While talking about Amritsar's history, the first thing we can recollect is the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre of 1919 that brutally killed around 1,000 civilians.
Irrespective of caste, creed, community, race, gender and ethnicity, the Golden Temple in Amritsar opens door to millions of devotees from India and its far off lands. It is a mesh of sublime peace, utter religious tolerance, outstanding natural beauty and enormous faith and belief in God. Golden Temple in Amritsar is the most revered Sikh Gurudwara in India which was founded by the fourth guru Ram Das in the year 1577.
The airport is located about 11 kms northwest of the city of Amritsar on the Amritsar-Ajnala Road, near the village of Raja Sansi. It is well connected to other parts of the city by all modes of transport.
Connectivity by Bus: The Amritsar Bus Stand is located at a distance of 22 Km from the airport. One can get a local as well as tourist bus to reach the airport. It takes 24 minutes to reach the bus stand from the airport.
Connectivity by Rail: The railway station of Amritsar is 23 kms away from the airport. One can take a bus or hire a cab to reach the railway station and vice versa.
Future Connectivity Plans: Air India has planned to provide a regular bus service for its passengers to and from Jalandhar. The state government has also have plans to build a monorail line to connect the airport with Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) and the Railway Station in Amritsar.