- Sahnewal Airport
name = Sahnewal Airport
nativename = Ludhiana Airport
IATA = LUH
ICAO = VILD
type = Public
Airports Authority of India
elevation-f = 834
elevation-m = 254
coordinates = coord|30|51|17|N|075|57|09|E|type:airport
website = [http://aai.aero/allAirports/ludhiana.jsp aai.aero/allAirports/ludhiana]
r1-number = 12/30
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Sahnewal Airport or Ludhiana Airport Airport codes|LUH|VILD is the local airport serving the city of
Ludhianain Punjab. Near the smaller town of Sahnewal, the airport is located convert|5|km|abbr=on southeast of Ludhiana on the Grand Trunk Road.
05 October 2008 [ [http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Another-airport-proposed-for-Punjab/369708 New Ludhiana International Airport] ]
The state will soon have another airport between Payal and Sahnewal. Initially planned to be a domestic airport, the airport will later be developed into an international one. Besides, a township, “Aeropolis”, is planned to be developed near this airport.
Sources said the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Prime Minister’s Office has cleared this proposal and it is awaiting a nod from the Ministry of Defence, which is likely to be given soon. Also, this is for the first time that a new township will also come along with the proposed airport. To start with, the airport would be spread over 5,000 acres, but the total size would be around 12,000 acres spread in Ludhiana and Fatehgarh districts.
Sources said some time back a company, Bengal Aeropolis, had made a presentation to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, after which an MoU was signed between them and PSIDC. This company is making a similar township with airport at Durgapur in West Bengal.
April 10, 2007a plan was proposed to expand the Sahnewal Airport to be able to handle passenger aircraft. It can already hold smaller 40-seater planes. If the expansion is taken through, the nearby city of Ludhiana may get a major change in international market interference.
Earlier, the plan was to expand the
Halwara Air Force Basefor passenger flights. But because of national security concerns, the plan was dropped. [ [http://www.tribuneindia.com/2007/20070411/main1.htm Goodbye Halwara, hello Sahnewal] ]
* [http://aai.aero/allAirports/ludhiana.jsp Official site at the Airports Authority of India]
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