Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport

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Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport
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Airport type Public
Operator Airports Authority of India
Serves Varanasi and Eastern Uttar Pradesh
Location Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
Elevation AMSL 266 ft / 81 m
Coordinates 25°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)
Passenger 2,087,581 (Increase8.9%)
Aircraft movements 15,658 (Increase4.1%)
Cargo tonnage 1,190 (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 was granted international status by the Union Cabinet on 4 October 2012.[6]
  • March 2015: The solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse 2 made a pit-stop at the airport during its 2015–16 circumnavigation of the planet.[7]
  • June 2017: Yogi Adityanath directed the officials to submit a proposal for acquisition of 350 acres of land for the extension of the airport at Varanasi.[8]


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
Air Odisha Kanpur [9]
Buddha Air Kathmandu
IndiGoAhmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati [10](Begins 29 October 2018), Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Patna, Jaipur [11]
Jet AirwaysBangalore, Delhi, Khajuraho, Mumbai
SpiceJetAhmedabad, Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Kolkata[12], Mumbai[13], Tirupati[14], Surat [15](begins 30th November 2018), Udaipur [16](begins 30th November 2018)
SriLankan Airlines Colombo
Thai Smile Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
Thai AirAsia Bangkok–Don Mueang
Vistara Delhi, Mumbai

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 2016.
  6. ^ TNN 4 Oct 2012 (2012-10-04). "Cabinet grants international airport status to five airports". ET. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
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  9. ^ "Air Odisha - Flight Schedule". 2 May 2018. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  10. ^ "New Flights".
  11. ^ "New Flights".
  12. ^ "कोलकाता के लिए नई विमान सेवा 4 अक्तूबर से". Live Hindustan.
  13. ^ "SpiceJet's Flights Schedule & Information for Domestic & International Flight". Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  14. ^ "SpiceJet's Flights Schedule & Information for Domestic & International Flight".
  15. ^ "SpiceJet's Flights Schedule & Information for Domestic & International Flight".
  16. ^ "SpiceJet's Flights Schedule & Information for Domestic & International Flight".