|Operator||Airports Authority of India|
|Elevation AMSL||82 ft / 25 m|
Vijayawada Airport (IATA: VGA, ICAO: VOBZ) is a public domestic airport, situated at a distance of 18 kilometers from Vijayawada. The airport is located on National Highway 5 connecting Chennai to Kolkata. It is a mid-sized domestic airport serving Andhra Pradesh Capital Region. Its runway was extended to 7,500 feet in 2011, allowing for the operation of bigger aircraft. In anticipation of an increase in air traffic from Vijayawada after it was declared the capital of the Re-organised Andhra Pradesh, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is developing and making infrastructural changes to the airport.
The airfield served as an army base during the World War II, after which it was converted into a civilian airport. Air Deccan introduced a daily service between Hyderabad and Vijayawada in September 2003. The airport, which had only two flights a day operated by Kingfisher Airlines until early 2011, saw an increase in services that year with Air India and private airlines like Spicejet and Jet Airways introducing a direct flights from Gannavaram. Air Costa, a regional airline started operations in October 2013, with Vijayawada as its operational hub and Chennai as maintenance hub. Turbo Aviation TruJet said it will launch it's services from Vijayawada by operating non-scheduled services with two charters to other parts of the southern cities.
The airport covers an area of 500 acres and is surrounded by farm land. The runway is 2,286 meters long. 4 A321, 2 B737-200 and 1 F-27 can be parked at a time. As an interim measure, AAI will provide facilities like additional check-in counters, a lounge for passengers. The VIP lounge will be expanded and more space will be allocated for airline back-end operations,..
Airlines and destinations
|Air Costa||Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam|
|Air India||Delhi, Hyderabad|
|SpiceJet||Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad|
Accidents and incidents
- On 28 August 1980, Vickers Viscount VT-DJC of Huns Air was damaged beyond economic repair when the nosewheel collapsed after the aircraft bounced three times on landing.
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- Vijayawada Airport
- Airport information for VOBZ at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.