Two-and-a-half years after the completion of a new $17 million (almost Rs 111 crore) terminal building, the airport in Jaisalmer, a small and remote desert city in Rajasthan, stands empty.
Not a single passenger has passed through the gates of an airport big enough to handle more than 300000 travellers a year, with parking bays for three 180-seater narrow-body jets.
India has spent more than $50 million (a little over Rs 325 crores) since 2009 on eight airports that do not receive scheduled flights - white elephants that are a reminder of the pitfalls for Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he bets on an infrastructure drive to fuel growth.
India's main hubs, meanwhile, are bursting at the seams, slowing airlines' ability to expand in a vast country where they should be supporting economic growth.
"They (the government) need to realise it's not a case of 'build the airport and we will come'," said Sanjiv Kapoor, chief operating officer at SpiceJet Ltd. The private sector airline last year ceased flying to a new airport in the city of Mysore because of insufficient demand.
Image: Dust-covered seats are pictured inside the lounge of the Jaisalmer Airport in Rajasthan in this August 13, 2015 image.
Text: Tommy Wilkes, Reuters