Dehradun Airport
Dehradun Airport new terminal building in 2022.png
New terminal 2022
Airport typePublic
OwnerAirports Authority of India
OperatorAirports Authority of India
ServesDehradun, Haridwar, Rishikesh
LocationDoiwala tehsil, Dehradun district, Uttarakhand
Hub forGo First
Elevation AMSL566 m / 1,857 ft
Coordinates30°11′23″N 078°10′49″E / 30.18972°N 78.18028°E / 30.18972; 78.18028Coordinates: 30°11′23″N 078°10′49″E / 30.18972°N 78.18028°E / 30.18972; 78.18028
DED is located in Uttarakhand
DED is located in India
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 2,140 7,000 Asphalt
Statistics (April 2018 - March 2019)
Passengers1,240,173 (Increase10.2%)
Aircraft movements12,517 (Increase1.9%)
Cargo movements219 (Decrease18.3%)
Source: AAI[1][2][3]

Dehradun Airport, also known as Jolly Grant Airport (IATA: DED, ICAO: VIDN), is a domestic airport located 25 km south-east of Dehradun. Commercial operations began on 30 March 2008 after a runway extension to accommodate larger aircraft. A new terminal building was inaugurated in February 2009.[4] Located 20 km (12 mi) from Rishikesh, and 35 km (22 mi) from Haridwar, the airport allows easy access to the region. It is approximately a 30 minutes drive to Rishikesh and 40 minutes to Haridwar and Dehradun.

Dehradun airport is the 30th busiest airport in India with 1,240,173 annual passengers.

It is also known as the Air Gateway of Garhwal and plays an important role in the tourism of Uttarakhand.[5]


Dehradun Airport was constructed in 1974.[6] Vayudoot operated scheduled services to New Delhi, Lucknow and Pantnagar from 1982 to 1995.[7] Air Deccan started flights between Dehradun and New Delhi in December 2004[8] and added a second daily flight from August 2006.[9]

The Airport Authority of India suspended flight operations at the airport from 1 March 2007 in order to execute its airport modernization plan. The runway was extended from 3,500 feet to 7,000 feet and also broadened from 23 metres to 45 metres to enable the landing of narrow body jets like the Boeing 737 and the Airbus 320. A night landing system was installed and a new terminal building and ATC tower were also constructed.[10]

The expansion work was expected to cost ₹720 million and was to be completed by the end of 2007.[11] However, it took a few months more and scheduled flights resumed only in March 2008 with Air Deccan re-launching its flights.[7] Air India launched its Delhi to Dehradun services on 28 January 2010,[12] followed by SpiceJet in 2012.[13]

Terminal building

The Domestic Terminal Building at Dehradun is a 4,200 square metre glass and steel structure with central air conditioning, central heating, a Flight Information Display System (FIDS) and CCTV surveillance systems. The terminal has peak-hour passenger handling capacity of 150 passengers and annual handling capacity of 122,000. It has 11 check-in counters, an X-ray baggage scanner, three security check booths in the Departures section and two baggage claim conveyor belts in the arrivals section. Its adjoining airport apron can accommodate two Category 'C' type of aircraft.[4]

In September 2018, AAI approached the Environment ministry for clearance to expand the airport by constructing a new integrated terminal building and allied facilities at an investment of Rs 344.75 crore.[14] A new, centrally air-conditioned Modular Integrated Terminal Building would be built in an area of 17,961 square metres and would involve a built-up area of 30,200 square metres.[6] The new terminal building will have a concourse, check-in area, security hold and arrival lounge on the ground floor. Offices will be accommodated on the mezzanine floor. Departures will have 36 check-in counters, self-check-in kiosks, in-line baggage screening facility and four aerobridges. Retail space will be spread over an area of 6,465 square metres.[15]

New terminal building

In order to meet the expected increase in passenger footfall in the future, Dehradun Airport is all set to receive a full makeover. The cost of the redevelopment project is estimated at Rs 353 crores. According to Airports Authority of India (AAI), the first phase of development will include the construction of Domestic Terminal Building along with a utility block, a car park, sewage treatment plant, rainwater harvesting facilities and other ancillary structures.

AAI said in a statement, "With an area of 42,776 sqm, the new terminal building will be able to handle around 1,800 passengers during peak hours, thereby expanding the capacity of the airport by eightfold.[16] The new terminal building will have a concourse, check-in area, security hold and arrival lounge on the ground floor, security hold at first floor, and various offices on the mezzanine floor.[17]

As per the project details, equipped with 36 check-in counters and four aerobridges, the new terminal building will have modern world-class facilities like self-check-in kiosks and an inline baggage screening facility, along with huge retail space to help accelerate revenue generation and employment.[18]

The design height of the building was optimally done in order to reduce the cost of construction and operation. The design of the building will be inspired by the local culture and heritage of the state, including the Brahamakamal, the state flower. The new building will have eco-friendly sustainable features including a double-curved roof to aid rainwater harvesting, sewage treatment plant, solar power system, energy-efficient fixtures, and provision of maximum natural light through the skylight.

AAI further said in its statement that the second phase of the development work will include shifting of operations from the existing terminal building to the new one and construction of the remaining portion of the terminal building along with the integration of all the services and completion of balance works. The project was completed and inaugurated by Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on 7 October 2021.[19][20]

Airlines and destinations

Air India Regional Bombardier CRJ700 at Dehradun Jolly Grant Airport
Air India Regional Bombardier CRJ700 at Dehradun Jolly Grant Airport
Air India Bangalore, Mumbai, Varanasi
Alliance Air Delhi, Pantnagar [21]
Go First Delhi, Mumbai [22]
IndiGo Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Amritsar, Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad,[23] Jaipur, Lucknow, Kolkata,[24] Mumbai, Pantnagar[25] [26]
SpiceJet Ahmedabad,[27] Bangalore, Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, Varanasi [28]
Vistara Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai


Annual passenger traffic at DED airport. See source Wikidata query.

See also


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  2. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2019: Annexure-II" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2019. p. 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 May 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-IV" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 May 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
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  5. ^ Pandit, Ambika (26 June 2013). "Dehradun airport sees flurry of action". The Times of India. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  6. ^ a b "PRE-FEASIBILITY REPORT (PFR) FOR OBTAINING TOR FOR EXPANSION OF DEHRADUN AIRPORT" (PDF). Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Aviation giants land at Jolly Grant airport". The Tribune. 28 March 2008. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  8. ^ "Air Deccan to fly Delhi-Dehradun". 21 December 2004. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  9. ^ "Air Deccan launches 2 flight on Delhi-Dehradun-Delhi sector". 22 July 2006. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  10. ^ "Expansion causes flight suspension at Dehradun airport". Live Mint. 26 February 2007. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  11. ^ "Dehradun airport to get Rs 72-cr facelift". Business Standard. 23 February 2007. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  12. ^ "Air India launches Delhi-Dehradun flight". Daily News and Analysis. 28 January 2010. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  13. ^ "SpiceJet launches Delhi-Dehradun flights". The Economic Times. 19 July 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  14. ^ "AAI seeks various clearances from Environment Ministry for expansion of 5 airports". The Economic Times. 2 September 2018. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  15. ^ "Dehradun Airport's first phase upgradation to be completed by next month: AAI". The Economic Times. 23 September 2020. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
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  17. ^ "Dehradun Airport all set to get a world-class makeover to handle more passengers". Retrieved 29 September 2020.
  18. ^ "New terminal building of Dehradun's Jolly Grant Airport inaugurated". Retrieved 11 October 2021.
  19. ^ "Dehradun Airport all set to get a world-class makeover to handle more passengers". Retrieved 16 December 2021.
  20. ^ "देहरादून में बन रहा है ये शानदार वर्ल्ड क्लास एयरपोर्ट, तस्वीरों में देखिए भव्यता". Navbharat Times (in Hindi). Retrieved 16 December 2021.
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  22. ^ "Go First Introduces flights for Amritsar, Surat, and Dehradun". Retrieved 10 November 2021.
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  25. ^ "IndiGo strengthens domestic network with the launch of Pantnagar as 72nd destination in 6E network" (PDF). IndiGo. Retrieved 23 February 2022.
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