Visakhapatnam Airport

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Visakhapatnam International Airport
విశాఖపట్నం అంతర్జాతీయ విమానాశ్రయం
विशाखापत्तनम अंतरराष्ट्रीय हवाई अड्डे
Visakhapatnam-Airport 9761.jpg
IATA: VTZICAO: VOVZ
Summary
Airport type Military/Public
Owner Indian Navy
Operator Indian Navy
Airports Authority of India
Serves Visakhapatnam
Location Kakani Nagar
Focus city for Air Costa
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
Website www.vizagairport.in
Map
VTZ is located in India airports
VTZ
VTZ
Location in India
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
05/23 5,230 1,594 Asphalt
10/28 10,500 3,200 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Passenger movements 1,012,522 Increase4.3%
Aircraft movements 10,900
Cargo tonnage 3,152
Source: AAI,[1][2]

Visakhapatnam International Airport (IATA: VTZICAO: VOVZ) is a customs airport, with limited international service, serving the Visakhapatnam District, Vizianagaram District, Srikakulam District and parts of East Godavari District in Andhra Pradesh and also parts of Chhattisgarh, Odisha states in India. It is the largest and busiest airport in the state of Andhra Pradesh. It is approximately 12 km (7.5 mi) from Visakhapatnam. It operates as a civil enclave on an Indian Navy airfield named INS DEGA. The airport has experienced significant growth in the last decade, with the construction of a new terminal and runway and commencing of international flights to Dubai, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.[3]

History[edit]

In 1999 the airport was served by only one daily flight. The runway in use was originally 6,000 ft (1,800 m) and a new 10,500 ft (3,200 m) and 60 m (200 ft)-wide runway was inaugurated on 15 June 2007 to accommodate medium sized aircraft such as Airbus A320 and wide body aircraft like Boeing 747 and Airbus A340 can land with ease and JetLite, Air Deccan started flights to Visakhapatnam.[4][5] Then union minister of state for HRD announced that a discussion was in progress for starting international operations from Visakhapatnam Airport.[6]

With the installation and calibration of the instrument landing system, Visakhapatnam Airport 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 to land from Hyderabad. A new terminal building was inaugurated on 20 February 2009.[7] However, it was not operational until 27 March 2009, when the landing of a JetLite airliner from Delhi marked the commencement of operations.

Visakhapatnam Airport has direct flights to Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Delhi, Dubai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, Port Blair, Raipur, Singapore, Tirupati and Vijayawada.

International Expansion[edit]

International operations from the airport commenced in 2012 when Air India launched its daily service to Dubai via Hyderabad on 25 March.[8][9] SilkAir commenced direct flights to Singapore from 28 October the same year, becoming the second airline to operate international flights from Visakhapatnam.[10] Malindo Air started its direct international flights to Kuala Lumpur from 15 February 2015.[11] AirAsia announced the commencement of operations to Kuala Lumpur from 7 May 2015.[12]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

IndiGo A320-200 at the departure gate
Airlines Destinations
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur (begins 7 May 2015)[13]
Air Costa Bengaluru, Chennai,Hyderabad, Tirupati, Vijayawada
Air India Delhi, Dubai-International, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Port Blair, Raipur
IndiGo Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai
Malindo Air Kuala Lumpur
SilkAir Singapore
SpiceJet Bangalore, Chennai,Delhi, Hyderabad, Mangalore (begins 25 October 2015), Mumbai

Accidents and incidents[edit]

The rear end of Vizag Airport at the time of construction
  • The airport was extensively damaged by Cyclone Hudhud, which struck on 12 October 2014 with winds exceeding 185 km/h (115 mph), inundating the runway and destroying navigational aids. The terminal building roof also suffered substantial damage.[15] The airport was shutdown for commercial operations on 11 October as a precautionary measure and naval and other flights carrying relief materials were the only aircraft operating from the airport.[16] The airport re-commenced partial operations from Friday 17 October after electric supply was restored to the airport. AAI restored the airport to full operations within the span of three months.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TRAFFIC STATISTICS - DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL PASSENGERS" (JSP). Aai.aero. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "TRAFFIC STATISTICS - DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL PASSENGERS". Aai.aero. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Vizag airport terminal to be inaugurated on Feb 20". The Hindu Business Line. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Andhra Pradesh". The Hindu. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Now, flying to Malaysia to get cheaper". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "International status for Vizag airport soon". NDTV. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Vizag airport terminal to be inaugurated on Feb 20". The Hindu Business Line. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "First international flight from Vizag takes off". The Hindu. 26 March 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "State govt set to sign MoU for Machilipatnam port". Business Standard. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "SilkAir launches first direct flight between Singapore and Visakhapatnam". The Economic Times. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Malindo Air to take off from city tomorrow". The Hindu. 14 February 2015. 
  12. ^ "AirAsia announces direct flights to Visakhapatnam". The Hindu. 10 March 2015. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "AirAsia Adds Kuala Lumpur – Visakhapatnam Route from May 2015". airlineroute. 16 April 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  14. ^ "Aircraft overshoots runway". The Hindu. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  15. ^ "Hudhud rips through Visakhapatnam airport". The Times of India. 14 October 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  16. ^ "Visakhapatnam Airport to be Shut for a Week". The New Indian Express. 15 October 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  17. ^ "Visakhapatnam Airport to Resume Partial Services from Today". The New Indian Express. 17 October 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 

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