Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport

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Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport
CCS International Airport.jpg
Terminal-2, CCS International Airport
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Airports Authority of India
Serves Lucknow
Location Lucknow, India
Elevation AMSL 123 m / 404 ft
Coordinates 26°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
Website www.aai.aero
Map
LKO is located in Uttar Pradesh
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LKO is located in India
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Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 2,800 9,186 Concrete/asphalt
Statistics (April 2015-March 2016)
Passengers 3,241,892 (Increase 27.6℅)
Aircraft movements 27,317 (Increase38.3%)
Cargo tonnage 4,957 (Increase2.0%)
Sources: AIP from AAI[1]
Statistics from AAI[2][3][4]

Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport (IATA: LKOICAO: VILK) is an airport serving Lucknow and Uttar Pradesh in India. It is situated in Amausi in the city of Lucknow, India and is named after Chaudhary Charan Singh, the 5th prime minister of India. It is the 12th busiest airport in India and is also the second busiest and largest in North and Central India after IGI airport Delhi. It serves Lucknow metropolitan region and has handled about 3.24 million passengers in 2015-16 exceeding it's capacity of 2.5 million passengers per annum. It also handles over 100 flights per day. lt was awarded as the second best airport in the world in category of 2-5 million passengers.

History[edit]

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 Airport. It was granted international status in May 2012.[5]

Lucknow Airport, previously called Amausi International Airport is now renamed as Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport. It was constructed with the purpose of facilitating VVIPs, it was only in 2005 when the AAI took decision to upgrade the Airport owing to increased number of passengers and also because of introduction of private operators in the sector.[6]

A new terminal, equipped with latest technology, at Lucknow's Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport is operative since June 2, 2012. It is being used both for arrivals and departures of domestic and international flights. The new terminal is a three-tier building which can accommodate around 650 passengers at a time.[6]

Structure[edit]

The airport consists of two terminals: domestic and international.AAI has also approved approximately 900 crore rupees for a new integrated terminal which can handle upto 7 million passengers per annum.

Runway

The airport has a single runway that is 2,800m long.AAI has also planned for runway expansion at Lucknow airport.

Landing Amenities

CCS International Airport has ILS CAT-III-B compliant for landing in bad weather and foggy conditions.In India only Delhi,Lucknow and Jaipur are the only airports to have ILS CAT-III-B which helps flights to land safely even with a visibility as low as 50 Meters.[7]

Terminals[edit]

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

The airport has two terminals.

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.[8] It has two arrival and three departing gates as well as two immigration counters.

Terminal 2

The terminal was inaugurated by civil aviation minister Ajit Singh on 19 May 2012 before opening on 2 June 2012.[9] With five boarding gates, Terminal 2 is used for domestic flights.Terminal 2 of Lucknow airport is dealing with huge passenger traffic year by year,.[10]

Partial image of CCs International airport
CCS International Airport airside
Terminal 3(Proposed)

Work on the third terminal (T3) at the Chaudhary Charan Singh airport in Lucknow will begin soon.The procedure of tendering has been set for the Rs.878.25 crore terminal which will be constructed with a vision and needs for the next 20 years.[11]

The terminal will have aerobridges, escalators, lifts, integrated entry and exit systems, security access system and 24x7 network of CCTV cameras.The designing will be such that the airport is lit up with natural light more and will have a large number of baggage handlings systems, laser scanners for luggage, tourist visa counters, duty-free shops, premium lounge and shops as well as eateries. The construction is estimated to take about 57 months while survey, designing and approval survey, Project Investment Board clearance are likely to take another nine months.[12]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations Terminal
Air India Delhi, Mumbai 2
Air India Express Dubai-International 1
flydubai Dubai-International 1
GoAir Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata [13] 2
IndiGo Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Dehradun , Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Patna, Pune, Vadodara 2
Jet Airways Delhi, Mumbai 2
Jet Airways Abu Dhabi 1
Oman Air Muscat 1
Saudia Jeddah, Riyadh 1
Thai Smile Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi 1
Tigerair Singapore 1
Vistara Delhi, Mumbai 2

Connectivity[edit]

The nearest major railway station is Lucknow Charbagh railway station which is roughly 10 km from the airport campus.Airport is well connected with the cab service.

CCS International Airport will be connected through Lucknow Metro by a terminal station on the North-South Corridor Line.Metro connection will make ease for passengers.

Awards[edit]

  • The airport was awarded AAI's "Best Airport" award in July 2013 along with Jodhpur Airport.[14]
  • Lucknow airport was rated second best in the category of small airports catering to 2-5 million passengers per annum by Airports Council International, a global non-profit organisation of airport operators.[15]

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