Kanpur Airport

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Kanpur Airport
कानपुर हवाई अड्डा
کان پور ہوائی اڈا

Chakeri Air Force Station
Airport type Partially Public
Owner Indian Air Force
Operator Airports Authority of India
Serves Kanpur, Unnao, Etawah, Kanpur Dehat, Hamirpur & Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh
Location Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Elevation AMSL 410 ft / 124 m
Coordinates 26°24′10″N 80°24′44″E / 26.40278°N 80.41222°E / 26.40278; 80.41222
KNU is located in India airports
Location of airport in India
Direction Length Surface
ft m
09/27 (common use) 9,000 2,743 Concrete/Asphalt
01/19 (not for civil use) 4,105 1,251 Concrete/Asphalt

Kanpur Airport (IATA: KNUICAO: VIKA) aka Chakeri Air Force Station is an airport that was originally designated for the Indian Air Force. In the 1970s, flights operated from this airport regularly to Delhi, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Kolkata, Banglore, Chennai, Pune and Mumbai. However passengers of Kanpur and surrounding developing cities have an opportunity to get better air connectivity because of its close proximity to CCS International Amausi Airport in Lucknow, for taking a flight to other Indian cities or overseas. The Civil Air Terminal of Kanpur Airport was re-opened in December 2004 and since then regular flights are operational on this airport.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air India Regional Delhi

New terminal & connectivity[edit]

Anticipating growth in passenger traffic, the Airports Authority of India is planning to expand the Chakeri Civil Enclave. The airport would be developed in two phases. In the first phase of development includes expansion of the existing terminal building to increase the passenger handling capacity, construction of a visitors lounge and new car parking facilities. The existing apron will also be extended to accommodate two Airbus A321 type of aircraft, for which, the Ministry of civil Aviation has sought Air Headquarter's permission for expansion of the apron on IAF land for joint use.

In the second phase, A new civil air terminal at Chakeri Airport will be built on a 50-acre piece of land adjacent to the airport boundary. The state government has been requested to hand over 50 acres of land identified by AAI free of cost for the development of civil enclave at Chakeri airport and also provide a 4-lane approach road the proposed site. The Airports Authority of India has identified the land for the purpose and on 4 July 2012, a senior official of the civil aviation ministry carried out an inspection of the Civil airport in Chakeri.[1]

When the Delhi-Kanpur-Kolkata flights were launched, Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi had promised that Kanpur would be connected with other metro cities.[2]

UP Govt has cleared 50 acres of land for expansion of Kanpur airport and a new terminal building.[3]

UP Govt signed a MOU with Airports Authority of India (AAI) for development of civil enclave at Kanpur Airport.[4]

Landing in low visibility during winter season[edit]

Kanpur airport is in need of a CAT-II Instrument Landing System (ILS) for receiving flights during winters as the CAT-I ILS that exists at the airport is not of much help during heavy winter fog when the visibility drops to 500 metres. The CAT I ILS allows landing of aircraft in minimum visibility of 1200 metres below which an advanced ILS type would be required. As a result of poor visibility flights are frequently cancelled and passengers to Delhi are made to board Delhi bound flights from the Amausi Airport in Lucknow that has a CAT II type ILS in place. [5] The airport also requires night landing facilities.[2]

Due to limitations faced by existing CAT-1 ILS, Indian Air Force has decided to install CAT-2 ILS on their own cost. Also, IAF is planning to increase the length of runway from existing 9000 ft to 12000 ft.

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On Wednesday, 20 July 2011, Air India Regional flight 9801, upon landing, did not stop within the safe distance and overshot into the slush at the end of the runway. As per reports, the aircraft had a rough landing even though the weather was clear with a visibility of 2000 meters. The 70 Seater CRJ-700 was headed from Delhi to Kolkata via Kanpur with 59 passengers on board.

Author Chetan Bhagat, who was on the flight, tweeted, "Emergency landing as plane skidded off runway into wet mud. Lucky save. Evacuations on now." Mr Bhagat also said, "The plane wheels are barely visible, dug deep into mud. Everyone's out now. Rattled but safe."

International Airport Proposal[edit]

An international airport was proposed in 2011 to be constructed at Jainpur in Kanpur Dehat district about 50 km from Kanpur.[6] The airport was to service local exporters and the public. The state government scrapped the airport project in 2013 following its decision to provide 50 acres of land to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to develop a civil enclave at Chakeri.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Airport expansion: Shri Prakash Jaiswal urges Akhilesh Yadav to provide land". The Times of India. 11 July 2012. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Flying away to Kolkata". The Times of India, Jan 1, 2012, 05.38AM IST. 2012-01-01. 
  3. ^ "UP Cabinet okays land for airport expansion". The Times of India, Aug 22, 2013, 01:05AM IST. 2013-08-22. 
  4. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Seven-new-airports-to-come-up-in-Uttar-Pradesh/articleshow/30958363.cms
  5. ^ "Type II ILS of better use at Chakeri airport". Times of India, Abhinav Malhotra, TNN Dec 24, 2011, 12.58PM IST. 2011-12-24. 
  6. ^ "Hindi News |Hindi News Headlines | Hindi News Online – Yahoo! Jagran Hindi News". In.jagran.yahoo.com. 2011-04-20. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  7. ^ "Govt scraps airport project in Kanpur". 27 October 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 

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