The $17m Indian airport that’s had zero passengers in two years – in pictures

The arrivals lounge at the Jaisalmer Airport in desert state of Rajasthan, India, August 13, 2015. Two-and-a-half years after the completion of a new $17 million terminal building, the airport in Jaisalmer, a small and remote desert city in India’s western Rajasthan state, stands empty. Not a single passenger has passed through the gates of an airport big enough to handle more than 300,000 travellers a year, with parking bays for three 180-seater narrow-body jets. Anindito Mukherjee / Reuters

The $17m Indian airport that’s had zero passengers in two years – in pictures

Solar panels are seen inside the premises of Jaisalmer Airport. India’s ghost terminals were built largely by the previous government, which planned 200 “no frills” airports, encouraged by rising air travel and the need to connect far-flung regions. Anindito Mukherjee / Reuters

The $17m Indian airport that’s had zero passengers in two years – in pictures

An exit gate at Jaisalmer Airport. The civil aviation ministry declined to comment on whether Modi’s government would stick with the 200 airport growth plan. Anindito Mukherjee / Reuters


The $17m Indian airport that’s had zero passengers in two years – in pictures

An empty and unused baggage carousel inside Jaisalmer Airport. Across India, more than half of the 100-odd domestic-only airports operated by AAI have not seen a scheduled flight this year, official data shows, although some are older airports designed primarily for chartered planes. Anindito Mukherjee / Reuters

The $17m Indian airport that’s had zero passengers in two years – in pictures

Signage is displayed inside Jaisalmer Airport. S K Singh, the local AAI director, defends the airport, saying Jaisalmer – famed for its huge sand-coloured 12th century fort – has a growing tourist industry, and the nearest functioning airport is 290km away. Anindito Mukherjee / Reuters

The $17m Indian airport that’s had zero passengers in two years – in pictures

Dust covered seats inside the lounge of Jaisalmer Airport. Officials at GoAir and IndiGo say they have no plans to start flights. Anindito Mukherjee / Reuters

The $17m Indian airport that’s had zero passengers in two years – in pictures

Stones lie in the premises of Jaisalmer Airport. Analysts say the government would need to cut landing charges or provide funding to entice carriers. Anindito Mukherjee / Reuters

The $17m Indian airport that’s had zero passengers in two years – in pictures

Departure and arrival sections are pictured at Jaisalmer Airport. Anindito Mukherjee / Reuters

The $17m Indian airport that’s had zero passengers in two years – in pictures

Signage is displayed inside Jaisalmer Airport. Anindito Mukherjee / Reuters

The $17m Indian airport that’s had zero passengers in two years – in pictures

A signboard is seen outside Jaisalmer Airport. Anindito Mukherjee / Reuters

The $17m Indian airport that’s had zero passengers in two years – in pictures

A security guard walks outside the arrival lounges at Jaisalmer Airport. Anindito Mukherjee / Reuters

The $17m Indian airport that’s had zero passengers in two years – in pictures

A milestone is seen outside Jaisalmer Airport. Anindito Mukherjee / Reuters

The $17m Indian airport that’s had zero passengers in two years – in pictures

Dusty basins are pictured in a washroom inside Jaisalmer Airport. Anindito Mukherjee / Reuters

The $17m Indian airport that’s had zero passengers in two years – in pictures

Stairs leading to the passenger waiting area in Jaiselmer Airport. Anindito Mukherjee / Reuters

The $17m Indian airport that’s had zero passengers in two years – in pictures

Satellite dishes are seen fixed on the boundary wall of Jaisalmer Airport. Anindito Mukherjee / Reuters

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