Indira Gandhi Airport, Visakhapatam
The Visakhapatnam Airport is christened on the name of the first Women Prime Minister of India – Smt. Indira Gandhi. The Airport is a Domestic Airport and caters to short to medium air travels within India. There are near about 24 Domestic Airports in India. However, the Visakhapatnam Airport has its own name and fame.
The Visakhapatnam Airport registered an increase of 51.2% in domestic traffic as on February 2005 because of the increased operations by low cost Airlines and increased frequency of existing Airlines.
Domestic Aircraft movements increased by 66.4% during February 2005 – particularly because of the increase of operations by Air Deccan and Air Sahara in the Southern India sector. Aircraft movements are at 377 in February 2005 compared to 242 in February 2004. Passenger traffic at the Airport grew by 34.0%.
Plans are on for the expansion of the Visakhapatnam Airport. Visakhapatnam International Airport is also on charts.
Visakhapatnam Airport enjoys the strategic locational advantage over many other airports in Southern India. Visakhapatnam, being near to the East Coast of India will be the shortest distance connecting to other South Asian destinations such as Bangkok, Singapore, Colombo, Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh City. Once the Visakhapatnam International Airport becomes operations, South Asia and Pacific Airliners such as Silk Airways, Thai Airways International, Sri Lankan Airways, Malaysian Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, Lufthansa, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Emirates, Royal Nepal Airlines, Biman Bangladesh Airlines and Air India would start their flights connecting India to their respective destinations.
Jet Airways ran its operations from Visakhapatnam for sometime however discontinued them later.
Though, the Visakhapatnam Airport got its Nightlanding facility in 2007, it could not be implemented for domestic airline operations due to lact of specially trained staff. Sources say Defence foces have sent in proposals for the Union Finance Minstry for grant of funds to employ staff for the purpose. Atleast 40 - 50 specially trainned personnel would be required to run a night landing facility at the Airport at its bare minimum. A step towards this is laid when the Airport has extended its operations time from 8am to 8pm starting from March 28, 2010.
Nearest Domestic Airports to Visakhapatnam Airport: Vijayawada, Bhubaneswar
Nearest International Airports to Visakhapatnam Airport: Hyderabad, Kolkata and Bangalore
The Airport is about 7 Kms from city. The Airport is adjacent to the National Highway 7 and is well connected with Cabs and Buses. Most 38-series buses run by APSRTC have a halt at the Airport Junction bus stop.
Flights from Visakhapatnam
As many as four flights land at the Visakhapatnam airport between 8:30 am and 9 am. On an average, around 400 passengers fly out during this period on any given day.
To Port Blair
Air India will soon introduce a flight to Port Blair. AI is currently operating a flight from Delhi to Port Blair via Bhubaneswar and there were requests to divert the flight to Visakhapatnam at least twice a week.
As of 2012, around 114 Central Industrial Security Force personnel provide services at the airport. Their duties include access control, checking hand baggage and anti-hijacking operations along with providing security at the airport. There were claims of shortage of staff at the airport.
The airport authorities have sought 147 additional CISF personnel in 2011, but the file is yet to be cleared by the government.
Security Check Booths
Three are three security check booths at the Visakhapatnam Airport. Two of them are for men and one for women.
Visakhapatnam Airport in News
Night landing of flights commences at Visakhapatnam
Navy's Dornier takes off from airport
Airbus service from Air Deccan launched to Kolkata
180 seater to run as a daily service
Daily flight service from Visakhapatnam to Kolkata
Air Deccan will operate the services from July 10
Air Deccan to introduce Airbus A-320
The A320, a 180 seater would change the face of air travel in Visakhapatnam
Air Deccan to introduce Airbus connectivity
Operations likely to begin from July 10
Visakhapatnam Airport gets new runway
Subbirami Reddy flags off Air Deccan flight
Air Deccan Flight to take-off from new runway on Friday
Subbirami Reddy to flag off
Dornier test landing through Pioneers night landing of flights
Trial run conducted on the new 10,000 foot runway
Flights cancelled due to poor weather
Air Deccan only one operated
Visakhapatnam Airport Nightlanding from June 15
AAI Chairman announced
High level meeting on Airport to be held on May 25
To fix the date of commissioning of the new runway
Kingfisher Airlines Airbus makes maiden landing at Visakhapatnam Airport
144 seater Airbus takes trial runway
ILS calibration work in progress at VSP Airport
ATA president seeks more facilities
Flight operations to city to resume
DGCA officials complete the probe
Paramount Aircraft skids off runway
Aircraft caught in Soft ground arrest; Passengers and Crew safe
Project flooding water into airport begins
GVMC and VUDA to fund for the project
Night landing facility for Visakhapatnam Airport nearing completion
Visakhapatnam and Tirupati awaits inauguration
Paramount Group launched Air Operations
Flight to connect Visakhapatnam to Bangalore via Hyderabad
Flight services restored after 11 days
Indian Airlines New Delhi bound flight cancelled
Flight services cancelled
Smog continues to hamper air traffic
Flights cancelled due to fog
Visibility dropped to as low as 1500 metre
Air passengers has narrow escape
Chennai and Hyderabad flights grounded with minor damages
Aeronautical Training Centre to come up at Visakhapatnam
Clearance from DFCA awaited
A sensational fare by SriLankan Airlines Bridging Vishakapatnam and Colombo
SriLankan Airlines (UL) continues to expand India's global reach
Air Deccan launches flight service to Bangalore
Provides flight ticket reservations via internet
ATAI Road Show in Chennai
Aims to promote tourism in north coastal districts
Daily flight services to Colombo
Visakhapatnam to Colombo via Hyderabad
Foundation stone laid for Airport Terminal building
All set to become the gateway of Southeast Asia
Visakhapatnam Airport expansion to bring modern amenities
Parking space for 600 cars to be available
New Terminal complex at Airport
Minister to lay foundation stone
Air Deccan to operate new flights
Services begin from October 30
Security blanket around Airport
IB warns serious threat from anti national elements
Alliance Air daily services from the city
Daily flights to Delhi, Raipur and Chennai
Parking fee at the Airport increased
Car Parking fee at Airport is now Rs. 25
Seminar highlights need for International Airport
Silk Air of Singapore Airlines would start Vizag-Singapore service once runway get upgraded
Visitor entry to Airport banned till Feb 14
Ban in view of PFR Program