Vijayawada Airport

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Vijayawada Airport
Vijayawada Airport 5 (November 2018).jpg
Airport typePublic
OperatorAirports Authority of India
ServesAndhra Pradesh Capital Region
LocationGannavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India
Elevation AMSL82 ft / 25 m
Coordinates16°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
VGA is located in Andhra Pradesh
VGA is located in India
Direction Length Surface
ft m
08/26 7,500 2,286 Asphalt
Statistics (Apr 2017 – Mar 2018)
Passenger movements746,392 (Increase19.9%)
Aircraft movements11,998 (Increase16.1%)
Name board at airport

Vijayawada Airport (IATA: VGA, ICAO: VOBZ) is a public international airport[3] serving Andhra Pradesh Capital Region.[4][5] The airport is located at Gannavaram in Vijayawada, where National Highway 16 connecting Chennai to Kolkata passes through.


The airfield located at Gannavaram 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 four flights a day operated by Kingfisher Airlines.[7] 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 services.

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 sixteen parking bays for ATR 72/Bombardier Q400/ Boeing 737/Airbus A320 of which 5 are exclusively for ATR72/Bombardier Q400.

To cater to the increasing passenger traffic, the foundation stone for a new terminal building was laid in October 2015.[8]

The interim terminal and the ceremonial lounge spread over 12, 999 square metres includes 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 has 18 check-in counters.[9]

The erstwhile airport building was modified and overhauled with amenities, customs wing, immigration area and baggage scanning to carry out international operations.

Cargo services have started from the airport in August 2018. On Dec 4 2018 Indigo started new service to Singapore[10] marking the Inaugural International flight for Vijayawada and getting an International footprint for Vijayawada [11]

The construction of the new integrated terminal building had been started with the foundation stone laid on 4 December 2018. The new building will span 35,000m² (376,700 ft²) and is being developed by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) at the cost of ₹611 crores (US$86m). The terminal will consist of a steel and glass structure with state-of-the-art passenger friendly facilities and the peak hour handling capacity of 1,200 passengers.[12] It will also feature 24 check-in counters and will be equipped with modern, passenger-friendly facilities.[13]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Air India Delhi, Hyderabad
Air India ExpressMumbai
Alliance AirBangalore, Hyderabad, Tirupati, Visakhapatnam
IndiGoBangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Singapore[11]
SpiceJetBangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad
TruJetHyderabad, Kadapa


Annual passenger traffic and aircraft movements at Vijayawada Airport
Year Passenger traffic Aircraft movement
Passengers Percent
2017–18 746,392[1] +19.9% 11,999 [2] +16.1%
2016–17 622,354[14] +56.1% 10,333[15] +54.8%
2015–16 398,643[16] +71.9% 6,676[17] +43.9%
2014–15 231,931[16] NA 4,639[17] NA

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.[18]


  1. ^ a b "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-III" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. p. 2. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 February 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-II" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. p. 2. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  3. ^ Dangwal, Sandhya (2017-05-04). "Vijayawada Airport upgraded as international airport; to improve connectivity, cargo movement". Retrieved 2017-05-09.
  4. ^ Sarma, Ch. R. S. (12 January 2017). "Gannavaram airport named after Amaravati". The Hindu Business Line. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  5. ^ "PM to inaugurate new terminal building at Vijayawada airport on January 12". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  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. ^ "Foundation stone of Vijayawada airport's new terminal laid". The Economic Times. 19 October 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  9. ^ "New airport terminal to be opened on Jan 12". The Hindu. 12 January 2017. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  10. ^ "With First Flight To Singapore, Vijayawada Enters Global Aviation Map". Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  11. ^ a b "Vijayawada to Singapore IndiGo flights from Dec 4". @businessline. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Vijayawada AirPort gets international status, first flight takes off to Singapore". Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  13. ^ Events, UKi Media & (2018-12-06). "Vijayawada Airport begins construction of new US$86m terminal". Passenger Terminal Today. Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  14. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2017: Annexure-III" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. p. 2. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 April 2017. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  15. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2017: Annexure-II" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. p. 2. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 April 2017. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  16. ^ a b "Traffic News for the month of March 2016: Annexure-III" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. p. 2. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  17. ^ a b "Traffic News for the month of March 2016: Annexure-II" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. p. 2. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  18. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 8 October 2009.

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