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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.

Nightlanding facility

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 Airports to Visakhapatnam

Nearest Domestic Airports to Visakhapatnam Airport: Vijayawada, Bhubaneswar

Nearest International Airports to Visakhapatnam Airport: Hyderabad, Kolkata and Bangalore

Reaching Visakhapatnam Airport

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.

Security

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

Airport works will be completed by March 2007

Flights begins landing at Visakhapatnam Airport as water levels come under control

Visakhapatnam Airport still under water

Major airlines likely to resume operations at airport

Flooding of Airport hits Visakhapatnam image

Flight services to resume from Saturday

Experts to check Visakhapatnam Airport

February 5, 2005: Flight timings rescheduled

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