Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport
Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport
|Operator||Airports Authority of India|
|Serves||Varanasi and Purvanchal (Mirzapur, Sonbhadra, Chandauli, Bhadohi, Jaunpur)|
|Location||Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India|
|Elevation AMSL||266 ft / 81 m|
|Statistics (April 2018 - March 2019)|
Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport (IATA: VNS, ICAO: VEBN) is a public airport located at Babatpur, 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. It is India's 21st-busiest airport in terms of passenger movement and second-busiest airport in Uttar Pradesh.
A small terminal existed until 2012 at a distance of 300 meters from the current terminal. The old terminal had two luggage belt and 6 check-in counters. The capacity of the old terminal was less than 200 passengers an hour and hence the need for a new terminal.
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.
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
|Air India||Agra, Chennai, Colombo (resumes 2 August 2019), Delhi, Khajuraho, Kolkata, Mumbai|||
|Air India Express||Sharjah|||
|IndiGo||Ahmedabad, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Delhi, Gaya (begins 8 August 2019), Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai|||
|Malindo Air||Kuala Lumpur–International (begins 18 July 2019)|||
|SpiceJet||Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Tirupati|||
|Thai Smile||Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi (resumes 1 October 2019)|||
Top domestic destinations
|1||New Delhi||993,161||Air India, Indigo, Spicejet, Vistara|
|2||Mumbai||486,326||Air India, Indigo, Spicejet, Vistara|
|5||Kolkata||119,783||Air India, Indigo, Spicejet|
Due to increasing passenger traffic and aircraft movements, Airport Authority of India decided to extend the runway up to 4,075m from 2,750m. The runway will be first of its kind having National Highway (NH 31) under the airport runway. An underpass will be constructed for the expansion of the airport’s runway so that large cargo planes and passenger planes can land. The airport is also in the race to become India's first airport with a facial recognition system under the government's digiYatra Scheme.
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