Udaipur Maharana Pratap Airport Guide

Udaipur Airport.

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Udaipur airport is a small regional airport that's government owned and operated by the Airports Authority of India. It's a domestic airport with currently only one functional commercial terminal, which makes the airport easy to navigate. The terminal opened in 2008 and handles almost 1.5 million passengers a year. As well as being one of the top tourist destinations in Rajasthan, Udaipur is also a popular spot for destination weddings and pre-wedding photo shoots. This has produced substantial growth in passenger traffic in recent years.

Upgrade of Udaipur airport is underway. A second and much larger terminal -- three times the size of the existing terminal -- is being constructed. It will have permanent immigration and customs facilities, thus enabling regular scheduled international flights. The expansion will also double the parking space for aircraft.

Find out more information in this guide to Udaipur airport.

Udiapur Airport Code, Location, and Contact Information

Know Before You Go

Udaipur airport's single terminal has two floors that is used for both departures and arrivals. There's one gate on the first floor, plus a couple more with jet bridges on the second floor. Check-in, security, baggage claim, and most of the shops and eateries are all located on the first floor.

Inline baggage screening isn't available at the airport, so departing passengers must manually present their baggage for screening at the X-ray machines inside the terminal before checking-in.

Udaipur airport has direct flights to and from major Indian cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, and Jaipur; however, most are Delhi-bound flights. Passengers who are traveling internationally must transfer at Delhi, Mumbai, or Ahmedabad for connecting flights. Airlines serviced by the airport are Air India, Alliance Air, Vistara, and low-cost carriers IndiGo and Spice Jet. Separate fight schedules are in place at Udaipur airport for the winter peak season, and summer and monsoon off-season. Flights between some cities are suspended during the off-season.

Notably, Udaipur airport became a plastic-free zone in 2018. Vendors use bio-degradable or jute products instead of plastic.

In March 2020, the Airports Authority of India deemed Udaipur airport to be the cleanest and safest airport in the 1.5 million passengers or less per year category (there are 34 airports in this category in India). It followed an inspection of all operational aspects including terminal building, runway, and air traffic control.

Udaipur Airport Parking

Udaipur airport has a parking lot with space for up to 600 vehicles. The Airports Authority of India revised the parking charges in 2019. Now, there's no time limit or charge for passenger drop-off and pick-up (previously eight minutes was allowed free of cost). Parking charges are only applicable when vehicles are in the parking lot. The rate for cars is 20 rupees up to 30 minutes, and 35 rupees up to two hours. Every additional hour past that is charged at 10 rupees per hour, up to seven hours. From seven hours up to 24 hours, the charge is 120 rupees.

Driving Directions

The route between Udaipur airport and the city center is straightforward. The airport lies off busy National Highway 48, which runs directly towards the city where it joins Sadar Patel Marg. In normal traffic, the trip will take 30 to 40 minutes. A new flyover opened at Pratap Nagar in October 2020 to alleviate traffic jams that were causing passengers to miss their flights.

Public Transportation and Taxis

Unfortunately, there isn't any public transport at Udaipur airport yet, though there are plans to introduce a dedicated air-conditioned bus service. Public buses operate along the highway but don't stop within walking distance of the airport. Therefore, airline passengers usually commute by taxi or private car.

Taxis: Prepaid taxis are the most popular way of getting from Udaipur airport to the city. Bookings can be made at the counter in the arrivals hall. Expect to pay 500-800 rupees depending on your destination. Many hotels will also arrange a pick-up service in a private car with a driver for around the same amount.

Alternatively, it's possible to use Uber or its Indian equivalent Ola. Fares are much cheaper than prepaid taxis (around 300-450 rupees from the airport to the city). You'll need the app and internet connection on your phone for it to work.

Where to Eat and Drink

Food and beverage options at the airport are limited and rather uninspiring. There's a restaurant in the departures hall, plus a few grab-and-go snack shops. The snack shops on the second floor sell ice-cream, bakery items, and confectionery.

If you have time and feel like something more substantial to eat, it's better to dine at a restaurant in one of the hotels on the main road near the airport. Hotel The Rising restaurant serves decent Indian food. The premises are modern and clean, too. (If you need to stay close to the airport, this hotel is a good choice).

Where to Shop

Tribes India has an outlet at Udaipur airport. This store is a government initiative that sells products made by India's tribal artisans. Items include handicrafts, home decor, jewelry, paintings, and clothing.

There are several other stores in the departures area that sell handicrafts, souvenirs, sweets, Ayurvedic health and beauty products, costume jewelry, and books.

Check out the Pavers England store for branded handbags, footwear, and fashion accessories.

Airport Lounges

The airport's Golden Chariot lounge is part of the Priority Pass network. It's located in the security hold area of the departures hall, opposite the boarding gate. Opening hours are 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily. Facilities include TV, refreshments, newspapers, and wireless Internet. If you're not a Priority Pass member, you can purchase a lounge pass online or pay at the door to enter.

Wi-Fi and Charging Stations

Free wireless Internet is provided at Udaipur airport for up to 30 minutes. However, you'll need to be able to receive a verification code via SMS on your phone to use it.

There are charging stations in various places on both floors inside the terminal.

Udaipur Airport Tips & Facts

  • Udaipur airport is named after 16th-century Mewar ruler and warrior Maharana Pratap. He is revered for his courage and strength, which he displayed in the 1576 Battle of Haldighati against Mughal emperor Akbar's invading army.
  • There's a huge hand-sculptured statue of Maharana Pratap and his horse Chetak in front of the airport terminal.
  • The airport was initially established as a military airport in 1954, and it still has military capabilities.
  • The airport's war readiness is sometimes tested with Indian Air Force fighter jets landing and taking off there. During a war, Udaipur airport would assist Jodhpur and Jaisalmer air force bases in defending India's Western Front.
  • Wild leopards have been spotted inside the airport compound at night on a few occasions.
  • The floor-to-ceiling windows on the second floor of the airport terminal provide a great view of airport operations.
  • Works by amateur local artists are on display inside the terminal, and are available for purchase.
  • The airport does not have luggage storage facilities.
  • Fog sometimes causes flight delays in the mornings during winter.
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