(Last Updated on : 27/11/2015)
Shimla Airport is an airport located in Jabarhatti, 22 kms from Shimla
in the Indian state
of Himachal Pradesh
. The airport was constructed by cutting down a mountain top and leveling the area to form the single runway. The runway of this airport is of 1230 m which can handle average airlines to land on this airport. The aerodrome of Shimla airport can store 2 medium size aircrafts at a time. Initially, flights by private jets were allowed on this airport but now a direct flight to Delhi
runs from here. This airport is also used for the purpose of Pilot training by various government institutes to train budding pilots.
Shimla Airport is a public airport which comes under the authority of AAI. Airport authority of India made this airport to make it easy to reach Shimla as this city is the abode of many farm houses of various important people of India.
Shimla Airport Terminal
Shimla Airport has only one terminal which runs small planes and one major airline. The small terminal can handle 50 persons for arriving flights, but only 40 for departing flights. Flights by Kingfisher Airlines are available from Shimla to Delhi which runs on specific timings. Kingfisher Airlines, operating the sole daily flight from Delhi, could not carry more than 28 passengers on its return journey because of load restrictions imposed on the aircraft due to Shimlas high altitude. It ceased operations to Shimla in September 2012. Also private jets of VIPs also land on this airport.
Facilities at Shimla Airport
Baggage trolleys and escorts are available on Shimla airport under the baggage services which are provided by the airport. There are various shops in and out of the premises from where one can buy souvenirs or other necessary material. Shopping complex is available on Shimla airport which also contains some eateries which serves fresh food to the visitors.
Connectivity from Shimla Airport
Jabarhatti bus stand is a nearest stand which is located 17.2 km from Shimla Airport. One can easily get taxis from airport premises to reach this bus stand. Jatogh railway station is the nearest railhead which is located at a distance of 13.4 km from Shimla airport.