Nellore Airport

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Nellore Airport

నెల్లూరు విమానాశ్రయం

Nellūru Vimānāśrayaṃ
Airport typePublic
OwnerBhogapuram International Airport Company Limited (BIACL)
Time zoneIST (+5:30)

Nellore Airport is being planned to be built near Dagadarthi, 30 km North of Nellore in Andhra Pradesh, India.[1] 1,390 acres sanctioned for greenfield airport by Andhra pradesh government. It is one of the 50 locations identified by the Central Government of India for the development of low-cost airports by the Airports Authority of India in order to improve connectivity to remote areas.[2]



As of September 2017, The state government issued orders awarding the project for development of No-frills Green Field Airport at Dagadarthi in Nellore District to M/s. SCL-Turbo Consortium Pvt. Ltd, under public private partnership (PPP).

The SCL-Turboconsortium envisaged a total investment of Rs.368.38 crores in the initial phase instead of the total estimated projected cost of Rs. 224 crores. The consortium proposed to develop the airport for operation of 4E aircraft instead of 4C category of aircraft with a total passenger handling capacity of 1.26 million with main focus on cargo operations and revenue generation.

Though, there was some criticism from Opposition parties over the decision in favour of film actor Ram Charan Teja's company, Turbo Megha group. The actor owns Airlines by the brand name TruJet. The government has taken firm decision to go ahead with the SCL-Turboconsortium on construction of airport. After receiving the letter from managing director of Bhogapuram International Airport Corporation on May 12, who reported to the government that the security clearance for SCL-Turbo consortium had been received from Centre, the state government accorded awarding the project to SCL Turbo and approved the draft concession agreement.

The government also accepted the revised financial offer of SCL-Turbo Consortium over revenue share. It proposed nine per cent to commence from 16th anniversary of the commissioning of airport with an escalation of one per cent every year subject to ceiling of 30 per cent.

The concessionary should pay an annual lease rental of Rs.1000 per acre per annum incremented annually at the rate of six per cent. Concession to consortium is for 66 years commencing from the appointed date with option of extension of additional 33 years.As per master plan, the airport envisages a handling capacity of 0.5 million passengers per annum in phase-I till 2030 and 1.9 million passengers per annum in phase-II till 2045.[3]


On 26 January 2018, District Collector R. Mutyala Raju said that the land acquisition process was almost completed for the upcoming green field airport to be developed at Damavaram village in Dagadarthi mandal limits in Kavali area in the district. Soon, the foundation stone would be laid formally for this prestigious project. Mr. Raju was delivering his Republic Day speech at the Parade Grounds, Nellore after inspecting the guard of honour.[4]


  1. ^ "Nellore is part of Bengaluru, bikaner corridor". Deccan Chronicle. 12 December 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Centre to focus on low-cost airports along tourist circuits". The Times of India. 5 July 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Dagadarthi airport works awarded to Turbo Consortium". The Hans India. 17 September 2017. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Foundation stone for Dagadarthi airport soon: Nellore Collector". The Hindu. 27 January 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2018.