Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport

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Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport
The facade of Varanasi Airport, Varanasi.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Airports Authority of India
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 2016 - March 2017)
Passenger 1,916,454 (Increase38.5%)
Aircraft movements 15,035 (Increase28.9%)
Cargo tonnage 1,052 (Increase9.5%)
Source: AAI[1] [2] [3]

Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport (IATA: VNSICAO: 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 in year 2016-17.


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 26,500 m². It can process 500 passengers at any given time. The terminal features 16 check-in counters with CUTE (common-user terminal equipment), 4 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 traveler's convenience store, a bookstore with a newsstand, and stores selling merchandise indigenous to Varanasi, such as Banarasi Saris; and a VIP waiting lounge.


  • 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]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air India Agra, Delhi, Khajuraho, Kolkata(Begins 28 Nov 17)[9], Mumbai,
Seasonal: Colombo[10],

Seasonal: Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi(Begins 12 Dec 17)

Air India Express Sharjah
Buddha Air Kathmandu
IndiGo Bangalore, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai
Jet Airways Bangalore, Delhi, Khajuraho
SpiceJet Ahmedabad (begins 7 Dec 2017) [11],Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jaisalmer [11], Mumbai
SriLankan Airlines Seasonal: Colombo
Thai Smile Seasonal: Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
Thai AirAsia Charter: Bangkok–Don Mueang[12]
Vistara Delhi

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2017: Annexure-III" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 27 April 2017. p. 3. Retrieved 27 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2017: Annexure-III" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 27 April 2017. p. 3. Retrieved 27 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2017: Annexure-IV" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 27 April 2017. p. 3. Retrieved 27 April 2017. 
  4. ^ "Varanasi". Airports Authority of India. 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. ^ "वाराणसी और कोलकाता के बीच एयर इंडिया की फ्लाइट, इस दिन करें सफर". 
  10. ^ "Air India adds Varanasi – Colombo route from August 2017". Routesonline. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  11. ^ a b "SpiceJet's Flights Schedule & Information for Domestic & International Flight". Retrieved 5 November 2017. 
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