Vijayawada International Airport

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Vijayawada International Airport
Vijayawad Airport new Terminal.jpg
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner AAI
Operator Airports Authority of India
Serves Vijayawada Amaravati
Location Gannavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India
Elevation AMSL 82 ft / 25 m
Coordinates 16°31′44″N 80°47′45″E / 16.52889°N 80.79583°E / 16.52889; 80.79583Coordinates: 16°31′44″N 80°47′45″E / 16.52889°N 80.79583°E / 16.52889; 80.79583
Map
VGA is located in Andhra Pradesh
VGA
VGA
VGA is located in India
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Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
08/26 7,500 2,286 Asphalt
Statistics (Apr 2016 – Mar 2017)
Passenger movements 650,463 (Increase61%)
Aircraft movements 11,631 (Increase51%)

Vijayawada International Airport (IATA: VGAICAO: VOBZ) is a public international airport[2] serving Andhra Pradesh Capital Region.[3][4] The airport is located at Gannavaram 13 KM from Vijayawada, where National Highway 16 connecting Chennai to Kolkata pass through. Due to an increase in air traffic from the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region, the Airports Authority of India is developing and making infrastructural changes to the airport.[5] Its runway was extended in 2011, allowing for the operation of bigger aircraft[6] and a new terminal, built at a cost of Rs. 137 crore, was inaugurated in January 2017. A New terminal with 500cr at 31000square meters is under construction.[7]

History[edit]

The airfield located at Gannavaram (Kesarapalli) served as an army base during the World War II, after which it was converted into a civilian airport. Air Deccan introduced a daily service between Hyderabad and Vijayawada in September 2003.[8] Until 2011, the airport had only four flights a day operated by Kingfisher Airlines.[9] In 2011, flag carrier Air India and private airlines Spicejet and Jet Airways introduced direct flights to the airport. Air Costa, a regional airline started operations in October 2013, with Vijayawada as its operational hub, which later suspended its operations in February 2017. Vijayawada Airport was declared as an international airport by Govt.of India on 5th May 2017.

Structure and amenities[edit]

A Panorama of New Terminal

The airport covers an area of 537 acres (217 ha) and the runway is 2,286 metres (7,500 ft) long. The airport has parking bays for four ATR 72/Bombardier Q400, and two for Boeing 737/Airbus A320.[10] Construction of ten more parking bays is in progress which would complete by June 2017.(3-5-2017) A New terminal with 500cr at 31000square meters is under construction.[6] [11]

Interim terminal[edit]

Helicopter stationed on ground at Gannavaram (Vijayawada) Airport.

To cater to the increasing passenger traffic, the foundation stone for a new terminal building was laid in October 2015.[12] The terminal was completed in 14 months and inaugurated on 12 January 2017.[13] The structure, built at a cost of rupees 135 Crores, will act as an interim terminal before the International terminal is built.

The interim terminal and the ceremonial lounge spread over 12, 999 square metres will include check-in area, arrival hall, meet and greet service staircase, aviation lounge, and baggage make up area. The lounge is spread over 3,613 square metres. The terminal can handle up to 500 passengers at any point of time and have 18 check-in counters.[14]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air India Delhi, Hyderabad
Alliance Air Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Tirupati
SpiceJet Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mangaluru, Varanasi
TruJet Chennai, Hyderabad

Statistics[edit]

Annual passenger traffic and aircraft movements at Vijayawada Airport
Year Passenger traffic Aircraft movement
Passengers Percent
change
Aircraft
movements
Percent
change
2016–17 622,354[15] +56.1% 10,333[16] +54.8%
2015–16 398,643[17] +71.9% 6,676[18] +43.9%

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 28 August 1980, Vickers Viscount VT-DJC of Huns Air was damaged beyond economic repair when the nosewheel collapsed after the aircraft bounced three times on landing.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vijayawada Airport continues to fly high". AAI. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  2. ^ Dangwal, Sandhya (2017-05-04). "Vijayawada Airport upgraded as international airport; to improve connectivity, cargo movement". India.com. Retrieved 2017-05-09. 
  3. ^ Sarma, Ch. R. S. (12 January 2017). "Gannavaram airport named after Amaravati". The Hindu Business Line. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "PM to inaugurate new terminal building at Vijayawada airport on January 12". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "AAI to make modifications at Gannavaram airport". The Hindu. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Extended airport runway trial begins in Vijayawada". The Hindu. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  7. ^ Sarma, Ch. R. S. (12 January 2017). "Gannavaram airport named after Amaravati". The Hindu Business Line. Retrieved 5 May 2017. 
  8. ^ "One more flight for Vijayawada". The Hindu. 23 November 2005. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Another pvt airliner to operate from Gannavaram". Times of India. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "Air India's new link between Delhi and Vijayawada". Air India. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "Gannavaram Airport to have 16 Parking bays". 
  12. ^ "Foundation stone of Vijayawada airport's new terminal laid". The Economic Times. 19 October 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
  13. ^ "Andhra Pradesh: Rename Gannavaram airport". The Times of India. 12 January 2017. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
  14. ^ "New airport terminal to be opened on Jan 12". The Hindu. 12 January 2017. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
  15. ^ "Domestic Passengers" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. p. 2. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  16. ^ "Domestic Aircraft Movements" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. p. 2. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  17. ^ "Domestic Passengers" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. p. 2. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  18. ^ "Domestic Aircraft Movements" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. p. 2. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  19. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 8 October 2009. 

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