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|Location||Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India|
|Elevation AMSL||3 m / 10 ft|
|Statistics (Apr 2015-Mar 2016)|
Visakhapatnam Airport (IATA: VTZ, ICAO: VOVZ) is a customs airport located in Visakhapatnam, India. It is the largest and busiest airport in the state of Andhra Pradesh. It is approximately 12 km (7.5 mi) from Visakhapatnam and operates as a civil enclave on an Indian Navy air base named INS Dega. 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.
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 60 m (200 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.
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The airport has two adjacent terminals. Currently the integrated terminal handles both international and domestic flights. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has converted the old terminal into a cargo complex.
As part of a program to modernize 35 non-metro airports, AAI constructed a state-of-the-art integrated passenger terminal adjacent to the old terminal, at a cost of ₹1 billion (US$15 million). The new terminal building was inaugurated on 20 February 2009. A total of 350 acres (140 ha) land area was used for the project. The terminal has an area of 20,470 m2 (220,300 sq ft) and can handle 375 passengers on arrival and 750 on departure at a time. It has three jet bridges and the original apron with parking bays for two aircraft was expanded with bays for another six; three to handle Airbus A340 or Boeing 747-400-sized aircraft; two for medium-sized aircraft; and one to handle regional aircraft such as the ATR 72. There are three remote aircraft parking bays and an isolation bay at the end of Runway 10/28 as well.
Due to growing air traffic at the airport, the AAI has made plans to construct six additional aircraft parking bays by extending the apron.
The old passenger terminal has been modified into a cargo complex that can handle two Boeing 737-sized aircraft at a time, or a single Boeing 747.
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 not permitted. Runway 05/23 is exclusively for military operations. The airport operates on a 24-hours basis.
Airlines and destinations
|Air India||Delhi, Dubai–International, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Port Blair|
|AirAsia India||Bangalore, Kochi|
|Alliance Air||Hyderabad, Raipur, Tirupati, Vijayawada|
|IndiGo||Agartala, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai|
|SpiceJet||Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Udaipur|
|SriLankan Airlines||Colombo (begins 8 July 2017)|
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Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation operates bus services from the airport to Dwaraka Nagar Bus Station (RTC Complex) and Kakinada; and all city services from and to Gajuwaka and Steel Plant have a stop here.Recently APSRTC had launched ac luxary services from Airport to RTC complex and Madhurawada. Visakhapatnam Airport is situated around 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) west of the Visakhapatnam Railway Station and 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) east of Duvvada railway station
Awards and recognition
- Visakhapatnam Airport was awarded Best Airport in Tier-2 Airport Category(Rest of India) in National Tourism Awards 2011-2012.
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".
Accidents and incidents
- The airport was extensively damaged during Cyclone Hudhud in October 2014, with winds blasting at speeds of 185 km/h (115 mph); the runway was inundated and navigational aids destroyed, the terminal building roof also suffered substantial damage. The airport was shut down for commercial operations on 11 October as a precautionary measure; and naval- and other flights carrying relief materials were the only aircraft operating from the airport. The airport re-commenced partial operations from 17 October after electrical power was restored. AAI restored the airport to full operations within the span of three months.
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