Vijayawada Airport

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Vijayawada Airport
విజయవాడ విమానాశ్రయము
IATA: VGAICAO: VOBZ
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner AAI
Operator Airports Authority of India
Serves Vijayawada
Location Gannavaram
 India
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 82 ft / 25 m
Coordinates 16°31′59.88″N 80°40′0″E / 16.5333000°N 80.66667°E / 16.5333000; 80.66667Coordinates: 16°31′59.88″N 80°40′0″E / 16.5333000°N 80.66667°E / 16.5333000; 80.66667
Map
VGA is located in India airports
VGA
VGA
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
08/26 7,500 2,286 Asphalt
Statistics (Apr 2015 - Mar 2016)
Passenger movements 3,98,643 (Increase71.9%)
Aircraft movements 6,676 (Increase43.9%)
Source: AAI,[1][2][3]

Vijayawada Airport (IATA: VGAICAO: VOBZ) is a public airport serving Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India. The airport is located 13.5 km (8.4 mi) from the city, on National Highway 5 connecting Chennai to Kolkata. Its runway was extended in 2011, allowing for the operation of bigger aircraft.[4] The airport will also serve Amaravati, the proposed capital of Andhra Pradesh. Hence, in anticipation of an increase in air traffic from the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is developing and making infrastructural changes to the airport.[5]

History[edit]

The airfield 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.[6] Until 2011, the airport had only two flights a day operated by Kingfisher Airlines.[7] In 2011, flag carrier Air India and private airlines Spicejet and Jet Airways introduced direct flights from to the airport. Air Costa, a regional airline started operations in October 2013, with Vijayawada as its operational hub.

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 one Boeing 737/Airbus A320 [8]


Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Costa Bangalore, Coimbatore
Air India Delhi, Hyderabad
Air India Regional Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam
SpiceJet Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Tirupati, Visakhapatnam
TruJet Chennai, Hyderabad, Kadapa, Tirupati

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.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Traffic Statistics-2016" (PDF). AAI. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Aircraft Movements-2016" (PDF). AAI. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Cargo Statistics-2016" (PDF). AAI. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "Extended airport runway trial begins in Vijayawada". The Hindu. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "AAI to make modifications at Gannavaram airport". The Hindu. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "One more flight for Vijayawada". The Hindu. 23 November 2005. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Another pvt airliner to operate from Gannavaram". Times of India. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "Air India's new link between Delhi and Vijayawada". Air India. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 8 October 2009. 

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