Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport

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Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport
Vns .jpg
Airport typePublic
OperatorAirports Authority of India
ServesVaranasi and Eastern Uttar Pradesh
LocationVaranasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
Elevation AMSL266 ft / 81 m
Coordinates25°27′08″N 082°51′34″E / 25.45222°N 82.85944°E / 25.45222; 82.85944Coordinates: 25°27′08″N 082°51′34″E / 25.45222°N 82.85944°E / 25.45222; 82.85944
VNS is located in Uttar Pradesh
VNS is located in India
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 2,745 9,006 Asphalt
Statistics (April 2017 - March 2018)
Passenger2,087,581 (Increase8.9%)
Aircraft movements15,658 (Increase4.1%)
Cargo tonnage1,190 (Increase13.1%)
Source: AAI[1][2][3]

Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport (IATA: VNS, ICAO: VEBN) is a public airport located at Babatpur,[4] 26 km (16 mi) northwest of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. Formerly known as Varanasi Airport, it was officially renamed after Lal Bahadur Shastri, the 2nd Prime Minister of India, in October 2005.[5] It is India's 21st-busiest airport in terms of passenger movement and second-busiest airport in Uttar Pradesh.


The airport features a single asphalt runway bearing 09/27. It is 9,006 feet (2,745 m) in length, with turnarounds on both ends, and two exits to the main apron. A third, seldom-used exit leads to an isolated apron for use in emergency.

Air India Express aircraft at Varanasi Airport


An integrated terminal serves both domestic and international flights, with a floor-area of 26,000 square metres (280,000 square feet). It can process 500 passengers at any given time. The terminal features 16 check-in counters with CUTE (common-user terminal equipment), four immigration counters that double up as emigration counters, two aero-bridges to cater to narrow-body aircraft such as Airbus A320 family and Boeing 737 family; and two baggage-claim belts. Besides an upper-level seating area for the aero-bridge gates, the terminal features a ground-level gate to reach other aircraft on the apron on foot, or via shuttle bus. The apron can simultaneously park five narrow-body aircraft. The waiting area features essential services for the passengers, besides snack stalls, a travellers' convenience store, a bookstore with a newsstand, and stores selling merchandise indigenous to Varanasi, such as Banarasi Saris; and a VIP waiting lounge.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Air India Agra, Delhi, Gaya, Khajuraho, Kolkata, Mumbai
Air India Express Sharjah
Buddha Air Kathmandu
IndiGoAhmedabad (resumes 16 February 2019), Bangalore, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi[6], Chennai (resumes 16 February 2019), Delhi, Guwahati[6], Hyderabad, Jaipur[6], Kolkata (resumes 16 February 2019), Mumbai, Patna[7] (resumes 16 February 2019)
Jet AirwaysBangalore, Delhi, Khajuraho, Mumbai
SpiceJetAhmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai (begins 10 January 2019), Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata[8], Mumbai[9], Tirupati, Surat, Udaipur
SriLankan Airlines Colombo
Thai Smile Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
Vistara Delhi

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-III" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 4. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-II" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 4. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-IV" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 4. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Varanasi". Airports Authority of India. Archived from the original on 29 June 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Varanasi Airport renamed". Press Information Bureau, Government of India. 20 October 2005.. It acquired its position in India's major airports after more than 1.5 million passengers used the airport in 2017.
  6. ^ a b c "New Flights".
  7. ^ "Flight schedules".
  8. ^ "कोलकाता के लिए नई विमान सेवा 4 अक्तूबर से". Live Hindustan.
  9. ^ "SpiceJet's Flights Schedule & Information for Domestic & International Flight". Retrieved 5 November 2017.