Visakhapatnam Airport

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విశాఖపట్నం అంతర్జాతీయ విమానాశ్రయం
Visakhapatnam International Airport
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Visakhapatnam Airport Terminal
IATA: VTZICAO: VOVZ
VTZ is located in Andhra Pradesh
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VTZ
Location of airport in India
Summary
Airport type Military/Public
Owner Indian Navy
Airports Authority of India
Operator Indian Navy
Airports Authority of India
Serves Visakhapatnam
Location Kakani Nagar
Elevation AMSL 15 ft / 5 m
Coordinates 17°43′16″N 083°13′28″E / 17.72111°N 83.22444°E / 17.72111; 83.22444
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
05/23 5,230 1,594 Asphalt
10/28 10,500 3,200 Asphalt
Statistics (Apr'2013 – Mar'2014)
Passenger movements 1,012,522
Aircraft movements 11,008
Cargo tonnage 1,823
Source: AAI[1][2][3]

Visakhapatnam International Airport (IATA: VTZICAO: VOVZ) is a customs airport serving the Visakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is the biggest airport of the Andhra Pradesh State. It is approximately 12 km (7.5 mi) from Visakhapatnam and is the busiest airport in Andhra Pradesh. It is controlled by the Indian Navy, which carries out air traffic control support for military and civil traffic. The airport has experienced mass growth in the last decade, with the construction of a new terminal and runway, and the implementation of international routes to Dubai and Singapore.[4] The airport is towered airport and has an air traffic control system. Controllers are tower-based controllers and direct aircraft movements by radio and other communication links. The new terminal building has three jet bridges.

History[edit]

Visakhapatnam Airport Old Terminal

Before redevelopment, the airport saw low numbers of air traffic: In 1999 it was served with one daily flight. On 16 June 2007, T. Subbarami Reddy, the then Union Minister announced that the airport was fully prepared for international flights. A new and extended runway was built to land the Airbus A320 operated by Air Deccan. There were appeals to make Vizag airport international ever since.[5] The next month, JetLite and Air Deccan started flights to Visakhapatnam.[6] Union minister of state for HRD, D.Purandeswari announced that after discussions with the defence minister M.M.Pallam Raju and Airport Authority of India, a decision was made to begin international and intercontinental operations from Visakhapatnam Airport.[7]

A new terminal building was inaugurated on 20 February 2009.[8] However, it was not operational until 27 March 2009, when the landing of a JetLite airliner from Delhi marked the commencement of operations. The runway in use was originally 6,000 ft (1,800 m). The Indian Union Minister of State for Mines T Subbirami Reddy inaugurated 10,500 ft (3,200 m) and 60 m (200 ft)-wide runway on 15 June 2007. With the installation and calibration of the instrument landing system, Visakhapatnam got night landing capabilities in July 2007, with the Dornier of the Indian Navy taking off from the landing facility. The night landing facility became operational from 30 March 2008 for commercial airlines with SpiceJet being the first. A memorandum of understanding between the Airports Authority of India and Sathyabama University was signed to start a Flying Club and Aeronautical Institute at the airport.

International expansion[edit]

In January 2012, the state-run national flag carrier Air India announced that they would begin operations between Dubai and Visakhapatnam by Hyderabad from 25 March 2012.

On 3 February 2012, the director of the Airports Authority of India announced that the first international flight from Visakhapatnam Airport, Air India (AI) flight 951 would takeoff to Dubai International Airport on 25 March 2012. The bookings were opened on the Air India Website and at the airports. It was announced that the inspection was done and Visakhapatnam was listed as an international airport. Air India announced the flight numbers as AI951 (Visakhapatnam-Dubai) and AI952 (Dubai-Visakhapatnam), by Hyderabad International Airport.[9] The inaugural flight from Visakhapatnam was sold in seconds on the Air India website. The Times of India announced that Singapore Airlines agreed on starting a direct flight from Visakhapatnam to Singapore Changi International Airport.[10] On 19 October, Silkair, the subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, became the second international airline to operate flights from Visakhapatnam, with direct services to Singapore.[11] Air Asia will commence thrice weekly flights from Kuala Lumpur to the port-city of Visakhapatnam in October 2014.[12]

Carriers such as Air Arabia and SriLankan Airlines are awaiting the Indian government's permission to launch flights to Sharjah and Colombo respectively.[13] Air Arabia wants to fly from visakhapatnam due to large number of people from coastal andhra who are working in gulf whereas Air Lanka had a serious vision to fly to Vizag in the view of the presence of a large number of Buddhist heritage sites in and around Visakhapatnam.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Costa Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, Jaipur
Air India Delhi, Dubai , Hyderabad, Mumbai, Raipur
IndiGo Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai,Delhi (Starting from 3rd August 2014)
SpiceJet Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Jammu
Silk Air Singapore

Accidents and incidents[edit]

The rear end of Vizag Airport at the time of construction
  • October 2005: A mild tropical storm hit the region and caused heavy rain, causing significant flooding and wind shear. The Meghadrigedda Reservoir on the outskirts of the city overflowed and flooded the airport during the storm. As a result, the airport was closed for 16 days. The lack of an instrument landing system was believed to worsen the situation.[14]
  • February 2007: Cyclone Yemyin swept through the area resulting in instant flooding, closing the airport for a day.[15]
  • 12 May 2007: A Paramount Airways Embraer E-170 aircraft carrying 60 passengers overshot the runway upon landing. The aircraft was operating from Chennai Airport, via Hyderabad. The aircraft was not damaged as it was caught in a 'soft ground arrester', which kept it from sliding into National Highway 5. Airport officials claimed that the crash was caused by pilot error in preparing the aircraft for a landing flare.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.aai.aero/traffic_news/mar2k14annex3.pdf
  2. ^ http://www.aai.aero/traffic_news/mar2k14annex2.pdf
  3. ^ http://www.aai.aero/traffic_news/mar2k14annex4.pdf
  4. ^ "Vizag airport terminal to be inaugurated on Feb 20". The Hindu Business Line. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Andhra Pradesh". The Hindu. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Now, flying to Malaysia to get cheaper". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "International status for Vizag airport soon". NDTV. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Vizag airport terminal to be inaugurated on Feb 20". The Hindu Business Line. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "State govt set to sign MoU for Machilipatnam port". Business Standard. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "International flights from Vizag in March". The Times of India (TOI). Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "SilkAir launches first direct flight between Singapore and Visakhapatnam". The Economic Times. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "AirAsia flight to Kuala Lumpur soon". The Hindu. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "AirAsia to begin flights to Visakhapatnam". Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "Flights land in Vizag airport, finally". The Hindu. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  15. ^ "Heavy rain in Andhra Pradesh leaves 28 persons dead". The Hindu. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  16. ^ "Aircraft overshoots runway". The Hindu. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 

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