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Aug 20, 2015

India’s Abandoned Airport

India’s Abandoned Airport

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.

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Baggage trolleys are seen at the Jaisalmer Airport in desert state of Rajasthan ANINDITO MUKHERJEE/REUTERS

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An exit gate of the Jaisalmer Airport is pictured in desert state of Rajasthan ANINDITO MUKHERJEE/REUTERS

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A baggage carousel is pictured inside the Jaisalmer Airport in desert state of Rajasthan ANINDITO MUKHERJEE/REUTERS

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A dog walks past the main entrance of the Jaisalmer Airport in desert state of Rajasthan ANINDITO MUKHERJEE/REUTERS

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Solar panels are seen inside the premises of the Jaisalmer Airport in desert state of Rajasthan ANINDITO MUKHERJEE/REUTERS

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Departure and arrival sections are pictured at the Jaisalmer Airport in desert state of Rajasthan ANINDITO MUKHERJEE/REUTERS

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Signage is displayed inside the Jaisalmer Airport in desert state of Rajasthan ANINDITO MUKHERJEE/REUTERS

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Departure and arrival sections are pictured at the Jaisalmer Airport in desert state of Rajasthan ANINDITO MUKHERJEE/REUTERS

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A baggage carousel is pictured inside the Jaisalmer Airport in desert state of Rajasthan ANINDITO MUKHERJEE/REUTERS

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A security guard walks outside the arrival lounges at the Jaisalmer Airport in desert state of Rajasthan ANINDITO MUKHERJEE/REUTERS

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Dust covered seats are pictured inside the lounge of the Jaisalmer Airport in desert state of Rajasthan ANINDITO MUKHERJEE/REUTERS

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Signage is displayed inside the Jaisalmer Airport in desert state of Rajasthan ANINDITO MUKHERJEE/REUTERS

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Bones of dead animals lie in a road outside the Jaisalmer Airport in desert state of Rajasthan ANINDITO MUKHERJEE/REUTERS

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Dust covered seats are pictured inside the lounge of the Jaisalmer Airport in desert state of Rajasthan ANINDITO MUKHERJEE/REUTERS

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The exterior view of arrival lounges is seen at the Jaisalmer Airport in desert state of Rajasthan ANINDITO MUKHERJEE/REUTERS

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Buildings are reflected in a puddle after rains inside the premises of the Jaisalmer Airport in desert state of Rajasthan ANINDITO MUKHERJEE/REUTERS

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A signboard is seen outside the Jaisalmer Airport in desert state of Rajasthan ANINDITO MUKHERJEE/REUTERS

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Satellite dishes are seen fixed on the boundary wall of the Jaisalmer Airport in desert state of Rajasthan ANINDITO MUKHERJEE/REUTERS

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Basins are pictured in a washroom inside the Jaisalmer Airport in desert state of Rajasthan ANINDITO MUKHERJEE/REUTERS

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A milestone is seen outside the Jaisalmer Airport in desert state of Rajasthan ANINDITO MUKHERJEE/REUTERS

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Stairs leading to the passengers waiting area is pictured in Jaiselmer Airport in desert state of Rajasthan ANINDITO MUKHERJEE/REUTERS

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Signage is displayed inside the Jaisalmer Airport in the desert state of Rajasthan ANINDITO MUKHERJEE/REUTERS

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Signage is displayed inside the Jaisalmer Airport in desert state of Rajasthan ANINDITO MUKHERJEE/REUTERS

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