Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport
Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport
Terminal-2, CCS Airport
|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|
|Website||•AAI Lucknow Airport|
|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 before being renamed 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. On 17 July 2008, the Government of India officially renamed it Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport. It was granted international status in May 2012.
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.
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.
- 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.
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. 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
- Terminal 2
- The terminal was inaugurated by 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, 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.
- 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, Dehradun, Delhi, Mumbai|
|Air India Express||Dubai–International|
|Alliance Air||Jaipur, Varanasi|
|GoAir||Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai|
|IndiGo||Agra, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Dehradun, Delhi, Guwahati, Goa, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Jammu, Kolkata, Mumbai, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Sharjah, Srinagar|
|SpiceJet||Delhi (ends 23 October 2020)|
- 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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