Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport (IATA: IDR, ICAO: VAID) is a public airport that principally serves Indore
, Madhya Pradesh
. It is the busiest airport in the state of and is located 8 km south east of Indore. According to the statistics released by the Airports Authority of India, the agency responsible for the airport, it is the 20th. busiest airport in India.The airport is named after Maharani Ahilya Bai Holkar of Indore, belonging to the Holkar dynasty of the Maratha Empire.Since 2008, seasonal Hajj charters have begun operating from Indore.
The domestic terminal of the airport is highly developed. Each and every latest facility including modern escalators and a high-tech baggage handling system, two lifts and two escalators and various other modern facilities are there. Numerous flights on regular basis run from here, connecting it to all the major cities and towns of the country (India).
Indore is a popular port of call for Import and Export cargo by Air. This port can bring about a sea change in the region's international trade aspirations. The cargo terminal of the airport is highly maintained with huge warehouses, better facilities and strict security.
Indore's new expandable integrated terminal building was inaugurated on February 14, 2012. It was built by AAI at a cost of Rs 135 crores and is capable of handling 700 passengers per hour. The new terminal has modern escalators and a high-tech baggage handling system. it will cater to movements of 46 flights every day. In preparation towards the proposed international operations, It will have 16 check-in counters, 16 immigration counters (four for departure and 12 for arrivals) and four counters for customs, apart from 569 CCTVs and X-ray machines for security.
Indore airport measures 729 acres and the current terminal building, spread over 18,000 sq.mtrs. The adjoining concrete aprons have 20 parking bays to cater to 14 Airbus A-320 or Boeing 737 aircraft simultaneously. Indore's sole runway 07/25 is 2750 metres long and 45 metres wide.The Airfield is equipped with Night Landing Facilities and a CAT- 1 Instrument Landing System (ILS) (on Runway 25 only) as well as Navigational facilities like DVOR/DME and an NDB.