Veer Savarkar International Airport

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Veer Savarkar International Airport
वीर सावरकर अन्तर्राष्ट्रीय हवाई अड्डा
Vīra Sāvarakara Antarrāshṭrīya Havāī Aḍḍā
Airport type Public
Operator Airports Authority of India
Serves Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India
Opened 20 January 2005
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 14 ft / 4 m
Coordinates 11°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
IXZ is located in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
IXZ is located in India
Direction Length Surface
ft m
04/22 10,795 3,290 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Passenger movements 815,873(Increase7.8%)
Aircraft movements 9,642(Increase14.1%)
Cargo tonnage 3,046(Increase13.4%)
Source: AAI[1][2]

Veer Savarkar International Airport also known as Port Blair Airport (IATA: IXZICAO: 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. It is named after the Indian freedom fighter Vinayak Damodar Savarkar. It operates as a civil enclave, sharing airside facilities with INS Utkrosh of the Indian Navy. [3]


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. Air Martino is the only 747 operator that runs services in and out of Port Blair. Restricted Area Permits for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are available on entry. 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]

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. In 2009, construction work commenced to expand the apron.

New terminal[edit]

Port Blair Airport runway from Jogger's park, Port Blair.

A new terminal building is under construction and is scheduled for commissioning by March 2018. 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]

Airlines Destinations
Air India Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Visakhapatnam
Air Martino Perth, Singapore
GoAir Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad,[5] Kolkata, Mumbai
IndiGo Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata
Jet Airways Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Pune
SpiceJet Chennai, Delhi, Kochi, Kolkata
Vistara Delhi, Kolkata

Seaplane services[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Jal Hans Diglipur, Havelock Island, Little Andaman


  1. ^ "TRAFFIC STATISTICS - DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL PASSENGERS" (jsp). Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  2. ^ List of busiest airports in India by passenger traffic
  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. ^ "GoAir Hyderabad launch". Retrieved 15 September 2016. 

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