Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport
Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport
Terminal-2, CCS Airport
|Airport type||Public-private partnership|
|Owner||Airports Authority of India|
|Operator||Adani Lucknow International Airport Limited (ALIAL)|
|Serves||Lucknow and Central Uttar Pradesh|
|Location||Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India|
|Focus city for||IndiGo|
|Elevation AMSL||123 m / 404 ft|
|Statistics (April 2019 - March 2020)|
Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport (IATA: LKO, ICAO: VILK) is an international airport serving Lucknow, the capital of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is situated in the Amausi area of the city, and was earlier known as Amausi Airport. It was later renamed in 2008 after Chaudhary Charan Singh, the fifth prime minister of India.
The airport was constructed in 1986 to facilitate corporate and government officials. With an increasing number of passengers, AAI decided to upgrade the airport. In 1996 the T1 terminal was built.
In 2005, the AAI decided to upgrade the airport owing to an increased number of passengers and the introduction of private operators in the sector. On 17 July 2008, the GoI officially renamed the airport to Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport. The second terminal T2 equipped with latest technology was then built in 2012 to handle the increasing domestic traffic. It was granted international status in May 2012.
The construction of a third terminal was announced in 2016 in order to cater the increasing traffic of passengers. In 2018, the GoI approved the new terminal building T3 which will be built at INR 13.83 billion.
In February 2019, the Adani Enterprises-led Adani Lucknow International Airport Limited (ALIAL) won the rights of operations, management and development of the airport under the public-private partnership (PPP) model. As per the agreement, the airports would be handed to the company for a period of 50 years at the highest bid of ₹171 per passenger. The company will pay the per-passenger fee (PPF) to AAI for every domestic and international passenger handled at the airport.
CCS International Airport has ILS CAT IIIB capability on runway 27, which enables landing in low visibility conditions. Delhi, Lucknow, Jaipur, Amritsar, Bangalore and Kolkata are the only airports in India with ILS CAT IIIB which helps flights land safely even with visibility as low as 50 metres.
The airport has two operational terminals and one under construction:
- Terminal 1
- The original terminal, built to complement Charbagh Railway Station's architecture. It has two arrival and three departing gates as well as two immigration counters.
- The terminal which was constructed in 1996 as a part of earlier expansion.
- It is now used for international flights after the opening of Terminal 2.
- The terminal which was constructed in 1996, will be demolished in two phases to link T2 and T3
- Terminal 2
- The Terminal 2 was originally built to become the international terminal. However, owing to the growing domestic traffic it was made the domestic terminal
- The terminal was inaugurated by then civil aviation minister Ajit Singh on 19 May 2012 before opening on 2 June 2012. With five boarding gates, Terminal 2 is used for domestic flights. Terminal 2 of Lucknow airport deals with huge passenger traffic every year. Air traffic growth has put some pressure on aerodromes as of 2017. Minister of State for Civil Aviation said, "project management consultant has been awarded for expansion of existing terminal building for an estimated cost of Rs 8.80 billion".
- Terminal 3
- On 2 May 2018, Suresh Prabhu, the Minister of Civil Aviation announced that a new terminal building will have a capacity to handle 14.4 million passengers annually and will be built at of INR13.83 billion.
- In 2018 the construction of the terminal was started by Nagarjuna Construction Company (NCC) and would be completed by December 2021.
- On 25 February 2019, Adani Group was awarded with the operations and expansion of the existing as well as new terminal.
The airport is connected to Lucknow by Lucknow Metro. The Red Line metro station of Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport metro station is the airport terminus for Lucknow Metro's Red Line with the ending terminus being Munshipulia.
Airlines and destinations
|Air India||Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai|
|Alliance Air||Jaipur, Varanasi|
|GoAir||Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai|
|IndiGo||Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Dehradun, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Jammu, Kolkata, Mumbai, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Sharjah, Srinagar|
|SpiceJet||Delhi (ends March 27, 2021)|
- The airport was awarded AAI's "Best Airport" award in July 2013 along with Jodhpur Airport.
- Lucknow airport was rated second-best in the category of small airports catering to 5-10 million passengers per annum by Airports Council International, a global non-profit organisation of airport operators.
- In 2018, Lucknow Airport was awarded the best airport in the category "Best Airport by Size and Region (2-5 million passengers per year in Asia-Pacific Region)" by the Airports Council International.
- The Passenger Terminal 2 Building's Architects, S. Ghosh & Associates were awarded the NDTV-Grohe Infrastructure Architecture Design of the Year Award in 2014 for the project.
- In 2019, the Airport was awarded 1st position in ASQ awards in Asia Pacific region for 5 to 15 million capacity pet annum by Airport Council International (ACI).
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