Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport

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Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport
डॉ बाबासाहेब आंबेडकर अंतराष्ट्रीय विमानतळ, नागपूर
Outside view of Dr Baba saheb ambedkar international airport, Nagpur.png
Airport type Public
Owner Airports Authority of India
Serves Nagpur
Location Sonegaon, Maharashtra, India 440005
Focus city for


Elevation AMSL 315 m / 1,033 ft
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
NAG is located in Maharashtra
NAG is located in India
Direction Length Surface
m ft
14/32 3,200 10,500 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Passenger movements 1,818,149
Aircraft movements 15,678
Cargo tonnage 6,853
Source: AAI[1]



Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport (IATA: NAGICAO: VANP) is an international airport serving the city of Nagpur, Maharashtra, India. In 2005, it was named after B. R. Ambedkar, the chief architect of the Indian Constitution.[4] The airport handles around 4,000 passengers per day and caters to four domestic airlines and two international airlines connecting Nagpur to Sharjah, Doha and 12 domestic destinations. The airport spread over 1,460-acres is also home to AFS Nagpur of the Indian Air Force. Growth in passenger traffic is fueled by passengers traveling to and from the state capital Mumbai, over 700 km (378 nmi) away.


The airport was commissioned during the First World War in 1917-18 for the RFC/RAF. The old buildings were renovated during the Second World War, when it was used as a staging airfield by the Royal Air Force (RAF). It was transferred to the Indian Government when the British left. Due to brisk traffic, new terminal buildings featuring facilities of refreshment, retiring rooms, restrooms, book stalls and visitor's galleries were constructed in 1953.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7]


It is slated to be the Multimodal International Hub Airport (MIHAN)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.[8][9]

The new Integrated Terminal Building was inaugurated on 14 April 2008. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) modified and upgraded the existing building at the cost of 790 million (US$12 million). It covers an area of 17,500 square metres and has the capacity to handle 550 arriving and departing passengers during peak hours. The new terminal building has 20 check-in counters and 20 immigration counters. The Integrated Terminal Building is equipped with facilities such as passenger bridges with visual docking guidance system and baggage conveyor system. A car park to accommodate 600 cars at a time has been built. Eight new parking bays were added to 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 navigation facilities at Nagpur airport, AAI plans to construct a new control tower and technical block with all modern CNS ATM facilities.[10]

Air India 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 787-8 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, 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]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Arabia Sharjah
Air India Delhi, Mumbai
GoAir Bangalore ,Mumbai, Pune, Delhi
IndiGo Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad (resumes 21 December 2017)[14], Indore, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune
Jet Airways Delhi, Mumbai
Qatar Airways Doha

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Traffic News for the month of January 2016: Annexure III (PDF). Airports Authority of India (Report). 9 March 2016. p. 3. Retrieved 4 April 2016. January 2016: 148,617 passengers; January 2015: 125,912 passengers 
  2. ^ Traffic News for the month of January 2016: Annexure II (PDF). Airports Authority of India (Report). 9 March 2016. p. 3. Retrieved 4 April 2016. January 2016: 1,184 aircraft movements; January 2015: 1,192 aircraft movements 
  3. ^ Traffic News for the month of January 2016: Annexure IV (PDF). Airports Authority of India (Report). 9 March 2016. p. 3. Retrieved 4 April 2016. January 2016: 540 tonnes 
  4. ^ "Nagpur Airport being renamed". Press Information Bureau, Government of India. 15 October 2005. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Nagpur District Gazetteer - 1966". Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Indian Postal History 1947-1997". Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Warbirds of India — Nagpur". Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Transfer of Land to Mihan Project, Nagpur". Press Information Bureau, Government of India. 24 August 2011. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "Navi Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur Airport projects to take off". The Hindu Business Line. 13 November 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  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. ^ Saurabh Sinha (16 October 2017). "IndiGo starts ATR ticket sales, regional flights from Dec 21". The Times Of India. Retrieved 16 October 2017. 

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