Pathankot Air Force Station is a military airport located 3 km from Pathankot and is located on the Pathankot – Majra Road. It is part of the Western Air Command of the Indian Air Force and covers an area of approximately 2000 acres (809.3 hectares).
The civil enclave at the airport was inaugurated by Praful Patel, the then aviation minister, on November 21, 2006.The facility was created by the efforts of Gurdaspur Member of Parliament, Bollywood film actor Vinod Khanna, who had planned to make Pathankot a tourist spot and industrial hub. No domestic flights operate to the airport.
On 2 January 2016, six heavily armed terrorists suspected to belong to Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed attacked the Air Force Station. The terrorists were wearing Indian Army fatigues and rode a stolen car of a superintendent of the Punjab Police. All six terrorists and seven security forces personnel were killed in the gun battle.