Veer Savarkar International Airport

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Veer Savarkar International Airport
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Summary
Airport typeCivil Enclave
OperatorAirports Authority of India
ServesPort Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India
Opened20 January 2005
Hub forJal Hans
Elevation AMSL4 m / 14 ft
Coordinates11°38′28″N 092°43′47″E / 11.64111°N 92.72972°E / 11.64111; 92.72972Coordinates: 11°38′28″N 092°43′47″E / 11.64111°N 92.72972°E / 11.64111; 92.72972
Map
IXZ is located in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
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IXZ is located in India
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Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 3,290 10,795 Asphalt
Statistics (Apr 2018- Mar 2019)
Passenger movements1,711,881(Increase10.4%)
Aircraft movements14,754(Increase4%)
Cargo tonnage6,158(Increase8.4%)
Source: AAI[1]

Veer Savarkar International Airport also known as Port Blair Airport (IATA: IXZ, ICAO: VOPB), is a customs airport located 2 km (1.2 mi) south of Port Blair and is the main airport of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India. Originally known as "Port Blair Airport", it was renamed in 2002 after freedom fighter Vinayak Damodar Savarkar who had been detained in the Cellular Jail in the city for 10 years.[2] It operates as a civil enclave, sharing airside facilities with INS Utkrosh of the Indian Navy.[3]

Overview[edit]

The airport has a single runway of 3,290 m (10,794 ft) in length, accommodating most narrow-body aircraft, that includes Airbus A320, Airbus A321, Boeing 737. Except for the civilian terminal operated by the Airports Authority of India, all other air traffic operations over Port Blair are undertaken by the Indian Navy.[4]

Airport terminal

Terminal[edit]

The passenger terminal with capacity of 400 passengers. It covers an area of 6100 square metres. [5] There is only one terminal with 2 Gates and no aerobridges. Buses are used to provide transportation from the terminal to the aircraft parked on the apron. New terminal will come up at the airport and covers the area of 40,837 square metres. The terminal capacity will be 1200 pax (1000 domestic and 200 international).[6] In 2009, construction work commenced to expand the apron.

As of 2019 there are no international flights from this airport. International flights are expected to start from July, 2020. A new terminal building is under construction and is scheduled for commissioning by June 2020. The AAI had initially projected a requirement of 26 acres of land for construction of the new terminal building. The local administration reduced it to almost 19 acres, 10.60 acres of which has been acquired from the Andaman & Nicobar Administration, 4.72 acres is from the Indian Navy, and the remaining 3.39 acres is yet to be acquired.[3]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinationsRefs.
Air IndiaChennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Visakhapatnam
GoAir Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai
IndiGo Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata[7]
SpiceJet Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata
Seasonal: Bangalore
[8]
VistaraChennai, Delhi, Kolkata[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TRAFFIC STATISTICS - DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL PASSENGERS". Aai.aero. Archived from the original (jsp) on 12 March 2015. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Lok Sabha Debates - Regarding Renaming Of Port Blair Airport In Andaman After The Name Of Port Blair airport on 8 May, 2002". www.indiankanoon.org. Government of India. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b "New Terminal Building at Port Blair Airport by March 2018". Press Information Bureau. 22 August 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Andaman & Nicobar Command: Saga of Synergy". Sainik Samachar. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
  5. ^ "PortBlair Airport".
  6. ^ "PortBlair Airport".
  7. ^ "IndiGo new flights". goindigo.com. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  8. ^ "SpiceJet schedule list". spicejet.com. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Vistara adds Chennai service from Feb 2018". Routesonline. Retrieved 17 April 2018.

External links[edit]

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