Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport

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Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport
बाबासाहेब आंबेडकर आंतरराष्ट्रीय विमानतळ.
Airport type Public
Owner Airports Authority of India
Serves Nagpur
Location Nagpur
Elevation AMSL 1,033 ft / 315 m
Coordinates 21°05′32″N 79°02′50″E / 21.09222°N 79.04722°E / 21.09222; 79.04722Coordinates: 21°05′32″N 79°02′50″E / 21.09222°N 79.04722°E / 21.09222; 79.04722
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport is located in Maharashtra
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport
Direction Length Surface
ft m
09/27 6,358 1,938 Asphalt
14/32 10,500 3,200 Asphalt
Statistics (2014-15)
Passenger movements 1,401,147 (Increase10.9%)
Aircraft movements 14,042 (Increase8.1%)
Cargo tonnage 6,063 (Increase9.8%)

Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport (IATA: NAGICAO: VANP) is a customs airport serving the city of Nagpur, Maharashtra, India. It was named after Bharat Ratna Dr. "Babasaheb" Ambedkar, the chief architect of the Indian Constitution in 2005.[5] The airport handles around 4,000 passengers per day and caters to six domestic airlines and one international airline connecting Nagpur to Sharjah and 12 domestic destinations. The airport, spread over 1,460-acres, is also home to AFS Nagpur of the Indian Air Force and the Nagpur Flying Club.

It is slated to be the Multimodal International Hub Airport and development work started in 2005. The plan involves construction of a second runway, a new terminal building and a cargo complex through a build-operate-transfer basis. The Maharashtra government offered 400 hectares of land to the Indian Air Force (IAF) in exchange of 278 hectares of land occupied by Air Force Station, Nagpur. The proposal has been agreed 'in principle' to by the IAF.[6] This will help reducing the load on other busy airports in India by diverting the cargo and passenger traffic to Nagpur and will make Nagpur city one among the most important business and economic centers in India and Asia.


The airport was commissioned during the First World War in 1917-18.

The old buildings were renovated during the Second World War, when it was used as a staging base. Due to brisk traffic, new terminal buildings featuring facilities of refreshment, retiring rooms, restrooms, book stalls and visitor's galleries were constructed in 1953.[7]

Sonegaon airport was the hub of the unique "Night Air Mail Service" wherein four planes left from Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta and Madras every night with a mail load from their region and returned to their home base in the early morning, after exchanging the mail at Nagpur. The service was operated from January 1949 until October 1973.[8] Over the years its major traffic was civilian aircraft till the formation of 44 Wing and the transfer of the Il-76 military transport aircraft of the IAF in 2003.[9]

Integrated Terminal Building[edit]

The new Integrated Terminal Building, a contemporary concrete, glass and steel structure, was inaugurated on 14 April 2008. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has extensively modified and upgraded the existing Terminal Building at the cost of 79 crores to make it into a modern, world-class Integrated Terminal Building. It covers an area of 17,500 square metres and has a capacity to handle 400 arriving and 400 departing domestic passengers and 150 arriving and 150 departing international passengers during peak hours. It has two conveyor belts each in departure, the domestic arrival hall and in the international arrival hall.

The Integrated Terminal Building is equipped with modern facilities such as central air-conditioning, passenger bridges with visual docking guidance system, escalators, lifts, baggage conveyor system in arrival and departure halls, CCTV, FIDS and other passenger amenities of international standards. A car park to accommodate 600 cars at a time has been built. The terminals air-side features two aerobridges and eight new parking bays that take the number of bays to 18.

For improving city-side connectivity, a new approach road to connect the terminal building with the main highway has been constructed. To improve the ATM and communication, navigation facilities at Nagpur airport, AAI plans to construct a new control tower and technical block with all modern CNS ATM facilities.[10]

The airport is only 15 minutes from Nagpur Railway Station.

For passenger facilitation and convenience, the new terminal building has 20 check-in counters and 20 immigration counters. It has modern facilities like a restaurant, snack bar, child care room, bank, ATM, concessionaire and medical inspection rooms.

Boeing MRO[edit]

A maintenance-repair-overhaul (MRO) facility, built by the American aircraft manufacturer Boeing, occupies 50 acres of land at the airport. Construction began in January 2011.[11] Air India’s MRO unit, Air India Engineering Services (AIESL), which was hived into a separate company in 2013, will start operating the MRO facility by June 2015.[12] The $100 million project is part of a deal between the Air India and Boeing and has two 100 x 100 metre hangars, constructed by Larsen & Toubro, to accommodate wide-body aircraft like Boeing 777 and 747-8 and another 24,000 sq metres area for allied work.

Nagpur was chosen for the project because of its central location and its high temperatures similar to those in the western regions of the USA, with temperature highs of 44-45 degrees Celsius. These conditions are most favourable for aircraft manufacturing, as they are away from corrosion and sea water contamination. The greenfield project is Boeing's second in the world after Shanghai in China.[13]

Expansion plans[edit]

There are expansion plans recently given greenlight by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. For Nagpur Airport project, it was resolved that Centre would move to exchange the necessary land with the State Government so that the work can begin immediately.[14]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Air Arabia Sharjah
Air India Delhi, Mumbai, Raipur
GoAir Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune,
IndiGo Bangalore, Delhi, Indore, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune,
Jet Airways Mumbai
Jet Airways
operated by JetKonnect


No cargo airlines operate from Nagpur as of now.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Passenger movement" (PDF). 
  2. ^ "TRAFFIC STATISTICS — PASSENGERS" (pdf). Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "TRAFFIC STATISTICS — AIRCRAFT MOVEMENTS" (pdf). Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "TRAFFIC STATISTICS — FREIGHT" (pdf). Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Nagpur Airport being renamed". Press Information Bureau, Government of India. 15 October 2005. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Transfer of Land to Mihan Project, Nagpur". Press Information Bureau, Government of India. 24 August 2011. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Nagpur District Gazetteer - 1966". Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Indian Postal History 1947-1997". Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "Warbirds of India — Nagpur". Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "New Terminal building of Nagpur airport to be Inaugurated on 14th April, 2008". Press Information Bureau, Government of India. 11 April 2008. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "Boeing's Nagpur MRO facility to start operations in Q2 2013". FlightGlobal. 11 December 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Boeing: Nagpur MRO unit to be operational by April-June 2015". The Financial Express. 22 December 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  13. ^ "Boeing MRO facility work at Nagpur airport to end by 2012". DNA. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  14. ^ "Navi Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur Airport projects to take off". The Hindu Business Line. 13 November 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 

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