The Indian Ministry of Defence (DOM) has given approval to the Jammu and Kashmir Government for the expansion of Jammu Airport. With this announcement, the work on the expansion is expected to commence soon.
The project includes increasing the airport’s passenger capacity from 200 to 700, expanding its landing surface, building hangers, and modernising and expanding the airport building and its premises.
The project is expected to attract more tourists to Jammu Kashmir and also boost the state’s economy. Jammu Airport, also known as Satwari Airport, is located 14km east of the India-Pakistan International border.
For the expansion project, the army will be shifting its base from Satwari, next to the airport, to Sunjwan, to the east of the city.
The Rs700m ($11.07m) expansion and upgrade project of Jammu Airport was approved by the Union Government in early 2011; however, it was not a simple exchange of land between the state and the army.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said to the Press Trust of India: "Jammu is one of the five dangerous airports in the country. We cannot risk the lives of the thousand of people travelling daily.
"We want to give a safe and secure airport to the travellers."
Abdullah also noted that the Union Government has cleared a project to upgrade and expand the runways at the airport, in order to make them capable of receiving bigger aircraft.