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Visakhapatnam Airport
Vizag airport terminal full view.jpg
Summary
Airport type Military/public
Owner Indian Navy
Operator
Serves Visakhapatnam
Location Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
Hub for
Focus city for IndiGo
Elevation AMSL 3 m / 10 ft
Coordinates 17°43′16″N 083°13′28″E / 17.72111°N 83.22444°E / 17.72111; 83.22444Coordinates: 17°43′16″N 083°13′28″E / 17.72111°N 83.22444°E / 17.72111; 83.22444
Map
VTZ is located in Andhra Pradesh
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VTZ is located in India
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Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 1,829 6,000 Asphalt
10/28 3,050 10,007 Asphalt
Statistics (April 2017 - March 2018)
Passengers 2,480,379 (Increase5.2%)
Aircraft movements 19,595 (Increase0.2%)
Cargo tonnage 4,847 (Increase3.0%)
Statistics: Airports Authority of India[1][2][3]

Visakhapatnam Airport (IATA: VTZ, ICAO: VOVZ) is an international airport located in Visakhapatnam, India. It is the largest and busiest airport in the state of Andhra Pradesh. It operates as a civil enclave on an Indian Navy air base named INS Dega. It is located in between the city localities of NAD X Road and Gajuwaka. The airport has experienced significant growth since the beginning of the 21st century, with the construction of a new terminal and runway, and commencing of international flights to Dubai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Colombo. The airport covers an area of 350 acres.

Lush green surroundings of the airport

History

In 1981, the airport commenced civilian operations with one flight per day. The original runway was 6,000 ft (1,800 m) long and a new 10,007 ft (3,050 m) long and 45 m (148 ft) wide runway was inaugurated on 15 June 2007 to accommodate medium-sized and wide body aircraft, with the installation and calibration of an instrument landing system (ILS) on Runway 28 as well. Used initially only for military operations, the ILS became operational for commercial aircraft from 30 March 2008. A new terminal building was inaugurated on 20 February 2009 and became operational on 27 March that year.[4]

Runways

The airport has two runways: 10/28 (East - West orientation) 3,050 m (10,010 ft) in length; and 05/23 (Northeast - Southwest orientation) with a length of 1,829 m (6,001 ft). Runway 10/28 is used as the primary runway for both civil and military operations, although civilian operations from Runway 10 are restricted to inbound operations. Runway 05/23 is exclusively for military operations. The airport operates on a 24-hours basis.

Airlines and destinations

IndiGo Airbus A320 at Visakhapatnam Airport, 2014
AirlinesDestinations
AirAsiaKuala Lumpur–International
AirAsia India Bengaluru, Kolkata
Air India Delhi, Dubai–International, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Port Blair
Air Odisha Jagdalpur
Alliance Air Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Tirupati, Vijayawada
IndiGo Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai
Jet Airways Bengaluru (begins 15 February 2019),[5] Delhi, Mumbai
SilkAirSingapore
SpiceJetChennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai
SriLankan AirlinesColombo

Statistics

Annual passenger traffic and aircraft movements at Visakhapatnam Airport
Year Passenger traffic Aircraft movement
Passengers Percent change Aircraft movements Percent change
2017 2,409,712[6] +5.8% 19,193[7] +1.0%
2016 2,277,335[6] +44.4% 19,007[7] +23.7%
2015 1,577,497[8] +49.4% 15,361[9] +42.2%
2014 1,056,096[8] +5.9% 10,804[9] −8.8%
2013 1,025,396[10] −1.8% 11,846[11] −25.5%
2012 1,044,906[10] +19.0% 15,896[11] +10.6%
2011 878,000[12] +29.4% 14,367[13] +25.9%
2010 678,255[12] +8.4% 11,413[13] −5.8%
2009 625,767[14] 12,115[15]

INS Dega naval base

The Indian Navy started aviation operations in Visakhapatnam in the late 1970s, with the construction of four helipads adjacent to the civil airfield. The airport at Visakhapatnam was transferred to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation in 1981. Additional hangars, maintenance facilities and an operations complex were constructed soon after. The air station was called "Naval Air Station, Visakhapatnam".

On 21 October 1991, the air station was renamed and formally commissioned as INS Dega.[16] The base has two aprons and is home to several squadrons: INAS 311, INAS 321, INAS 333, and INAS 350.

References

  1. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-III" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 4. Retrieved 1 May 2018. 
  2. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-II" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 4. Retrieved 1 May 2018. 
  3. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-IV" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 4. Retrieved 1 May 2018. 
  4. ^ "Vizag airport terminal to be inaugurated on Feb 20". The Hindu Business Line. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Jet Airways Schedule". 3 April 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2018. 
  6. ^ a b "Traffic News for the month of January 2017: Annexure III" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. p. 3. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2 February 2018. Retrieved 1 March 2018. 
  7. ^ a b "Traffic News for the month of January 2017: Annexure II" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. p. 3. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2 February 2018. Retrieved 1 March 2018. 
  8. ^ a b Traffic News for the month of January 2015: Annexure III (PDF). Airports Authority of India (Report). 9 March 2015. p. 3. Retrieved 4 April 2016. [permanent dead link]
  9. ^ a b Traffic News for the month of January 2015: Annexure II (PDF). Airports Authority of India (Report). 9 March 2015. p. 3. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2 March 2018. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  10. ^ a b Traffic News for the month of January 2013: Annexure III (PDF). Airports Authority of India (Report). 27 March 2013. p. 3. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 March 2018. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  11. ^ a b Traffic News for the month of January 2013: Annexure II (PDF). Airports Authority of India (Report). 27 March 2013. p. 3. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 March 2018. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  12. ^ a b Traffic News for the month of January 2011: Annexure III (PDF). Airports Authority of India (Report). 18 March 2011. p. 3. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 March 2018. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  13. ^ a b Traffic News for the month of January 2011: Annexure II (PDF). Airports Authority of India (Report). 18 March 2011. p. 3. Archived (PDF) from the original on 3 March 2018. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  14. ^ Traffic News for the month of January 2009: Annexure III (PDF). Airports Authority of India (Report). 5 January 2010. p. 3. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 March 2018. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  15. ^ Traffic News for the month of January 2009: Annexure II (PDF). Airports Authority of India (Report). 5 January 2010. p. 3. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 March 2018. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  16. ^ "INS Dega". Indian Navy. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 

External links

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