Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport

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Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport
CCS International Airport.jpg
Terminal-2, CCS Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerAirports Authority of India
OperatorAdani Lucknow International Airport Limited (ALIAL)
ServesLucknow and Central Uttar Pradesh
LocationLucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Focus city forIndiGo
Elevation AMSL123 m / 404 ft
Coordinates26°45′43″N 080°53′00″E / 26.76194°N 80.88333°E / 26.76194; 80.88333Coordinates: 26°45′43″N 080°53′00″E / 26.76194°N 80.88333°E / 26.76194; 80.88333
WebsiteAAI Lucknow Airport
Lucknow Airport
LKO is located in Uttar Pradesh
LKO is located in India
LKO is located in Asia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 2,744 9,003 Concrete/asphalt
Statistics (April 2019 - March 2020)
Passengers5,433,757 (Decrease1.8%)
Aircraft movements38,494 (Decrease7.8%)
Cargo tonnage14,882 (Increase143.5%)
Sources: AIP from AAI[1]
Statistics from AAI[2][3][4]

Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport (IATA: LKO, ICAO: VILK) is an international airport serving Lucknow, the capital of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.[5] It is situated in the Amausi area of the city, and was earlier known as Amausi Airport before being renamed after Chaudhary Charan Singh, the fifth prime minister of India.[6]


The airport was constructed in 1986 to facilitate corporate and government officials. With an increasing number of passengers, AAI decided to upgrade the airport. On 17 July 2008, the Government of India officially renamed it Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport. It was granted international status in May 2012.[7]

The airport was constructed with the purpose of facilitating VVIPs.[clarification needed] It was only in 2005 when the AAI took decision to upgrade the airport owing to an increased number of passengers, and also because of the introduction of private operators in the sector.[8]

A new terminal, equipped with the latest technology, at Lucknow's Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport, has been operative since 2 June 2012. It is used both for arrivals and departures of domestic and international flights. The new terminal is a three-tier building which can accommodate around 2000 passengers at a time.[8]

In February 2019, the airport was privatised and given on lease for 50 years to Adani Group at the highest bid of 171 per passenger.[9]


Landing amenities

CCS International Airport has ILS CAT-III-B compliant for landing in bad weather and foggy conditions. Delhi, Lucknow, Jaipur, Amritsar and Kolkata are the only airports in India with ILS CAT-III-B which helps flights land safely even with visibility as low as 50 metres.[10]


Visitor's lobby overlooking Departure Hall, inside view of the new terminal building

The airport has two operational terminals and one under construction:

Terminal 1
  • The original terminal, built to complement Charbagh Railway Station's architecture, is now used for international flights after the opening of Terminal 2.[11] It has two arrival and three departing gates as well as two immigration counters.
  • The terminal which was constructed in 1996, will be demolished in two phases to link T2 and T3[12]
Terminal 2
  • The terminal was inaugurated by civil aviation minister Ajit Singh on 19 May 2012 before opening on 2 June 2012.[13] With five boarding gates, Terminal 2 is used for domestic flights. Terminal 2 of Lucknow airport deals with huge passenger traffic every year.[14] 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".[15]
CCS International Airport
CCS International Airport airside
Terminal 3
  • On 2 May 2018, Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Civil Aviation (India) announced that a new terminal building will have a capacity to handle 14.4 million passengers annually and will be built at of INR 13.83 billion.[16]
  • In 2018 the construction of the terminal was started by Nagarjuna Construction Company (NCC) and would be completed by December 2021.[12]
  • On 25 February 2019, Adani Group was awarded with the operations and expansion of the existing as well as new terminal.[17][18]


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.[19]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Air India Bangalore, Dehradun, Delhi, Mumbai[20][21]
Air India Express Dubai–International
Alliance Air Jaipur, Varanasi[22]
Flydubai Dubai–International
Flynas Dammam, Riyadh[23]
GoAir Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai[24]
IndiGo Agra, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Dehradun, Delhi, Guwahati, Goa, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Jammu, Kolkata, Mumbai, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Sharjah, Srinagar[25][26][27]
Oman Air Muscat
SpiceJet Delhi (ends 23 October 2020)
Saudia Jeddah, Riyadh
Thai Smile Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
Vistara Delhi[28]


  • The airport was awarded AAI's "Best Airport" award in July 2013 along with Jodhpur Airport.[29]
  • 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.[30]
  • 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.[31]
  • 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.[32]
  • 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).[33]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2020: Annexure-III" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 21 May 2020. p. 3. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2020: Annexure-II" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 21 May 2020. p. 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 May 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2020: Annexure-IV" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 21 May 2020. p. 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 May 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Lucknow Airport". AAI. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Chaudhary Charan Singh, The 5th Prime Minister of India". My Nation. Asianet News Network Pvt Ltd. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  7. ^ "The Times Of India". Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Lucknow Airport- Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport, Lucknow - Lucknow Travel Guide".
  9. ^ "Airport makeover: No takeoff in sight for Adani operations". The Financial Express. 23 August 2020. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  10. ^ "Airport ready to facilitate landing in 50 m visibility | Lucknow News - Times of India". 9 December 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Swanky Amausi ready for take-off after a month". Times of India. 17 December 2011.
  12. ^ a b "Pandemic delays work on swanky Terminal 3 at CCS Airport by a year". 3 September 2020.
  13. ^ "New Terminal at Lucknow Airport". Airport International. 31 May 2012. Archived from the original on 1 June 2012.
  14. ^ "Airports Authority of India". Archived from the original on 15 September 2014.
  15. ^ "Kerala firm gets government nod for sea plane operations: Union minister Jayant Sinha". The Financial Express. 20 July 2017. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  16. ^ "Govt nod for 3 new airport terminal buildings at Chennai, Lucknow and Guwahati - Times of India". Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  17. ^ Manoj, Ashwini Phadnis & P. "Adani lands 5 airports with winning bids". @businessline. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  18. ^ "Adani group wins bids to operate five airports". 25 February 2019. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  19. ^ Shah, Narendra (22 December 2018). "Lucknow metro to run on airport-Munshipulia route from April 2019". Metro Rail News. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  20. ^ "Air India and Alliance Air schedule list". Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  21. ^ "Air India to Launch Direct Lucknow-Jeddah Flight from Winter". News18. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  22. ^ "लखनऊ-गोरखपुर के बीच पहली विमान सेवा का शेड्यूल जारी, 25 अक्‍तूबर से मिलेगी फ्लाइट". Hindustan. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  23. ^ "Flynas Flight Schedule". Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  24. ^ "GoAir flight schedules".
  25. ^ "IndiGo to commence Lucknow-Raipur service in Mar-2020". CAPA. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  26. ^ "IndiGo flight schedules".
  27. ^ "Flights Schedule for Domestic & International Flights | IndiGo". Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  28. ^ "Vistara flight schedules".
  29. ^ "Wayback Machine" (PDF). 23 January 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2020. Cite uses generic title (help)
  30. ^ "Lucknow airport judged second-best in small airport category - Times of India".
  31. ^ "Asia-Pacific". Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  32. ^ "Infrastructure Architecture Design of the Year (Sports, Transport, Bridges)". NDTV Design And Architecture Awards 2017. 17 July 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  33. ^ "Proud achievement! Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, 6 other Indian airports bag awards for World's best airports". The Financial Express. 11 March 2020. Retrieved 27 August 2020.

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