Hyderabad, May 4: Keeping in view the passenger traffic growth, demands from airlines and Andhra Pradesh Government, the Centre on Wednesday approved Vijayawada Airport as International Airport.  The airports in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh provide services to tourists and the state population commuting to different parts of the state. The Vishakhapatnam Airport gets the major attention for commercial reasons while Tirupati Airport and Puttaparthi Airport are the major airports which serve major pilgrim population. The other airports in the state with domestic flights are Donakonda, Kadapa, Vijayawada, Rajahmundry, Warangal.

As per the provisions of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014, the Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave its nod for the approval for the declaration of Vijayawada Airport as International Airport. The proposal will add to improved connectivity to the State capital. The Airports Authority of India has undertaken upgradation of requisite infrastructure and facilities for international operations.

International and domestic flight also operate from the Hyderabad airport known as Begumpet Airport, Visakhapatnam airport and Tirupati International Airport (TIR). Vijayawada airport thus becomes the fourth airport in the state which has been approved as an International Airport. Andhra Pradesh has airports which have access to international and domestic fights under the governance of Airport Authority of India.

Airlines to Andhra Pradesh

Some important airlines that operate various flights to Andhra Pradesh are

  • Indian Airlines,
  • North West Airlines,
  • US Airways,
  • Lufthansa,
  • Air India,
  • Delta Airlines,
  • Malaysia Airlines,
  • Oman Air,
  • Qatar Airways,
  • Saudi Arabian Airlines,
  • Sri Lankan Airlines,
  • Singapore Airlines
  • KLM and
  • United Airlines

The decision of approving Vijayawada Airport as International Airport will provide a wider choice of services at competitive costs to the air-travelers and give a boost to domestic and international tourism and socio-economic development of Andhra Pradesh by bringing in international passengers and cargo traffic.

Name of the AirportCityState
Rajiv Gandhi International AirportHyderabadTelangana
Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International AirportAmristarPunjab
Visakhapatnam International  AirportVisakhapatnamAndhra Pradesh
Tirupati International Airport (TIR)ReniguntaAndhra Pradesh
Vijayawada International AirportGannavaramAndhra Pradesh
Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International AirportGuwahatiAssam
Biju Patnaik International AirportBhubaneshwarOdisha
Gaya AirportGayaBihar
Indira Gandhi International AirportNew DelhiDelhi
Veer Savarkar International AirportPort BlairAndaman and Nicobar Islands
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International AirportAhmedabadGujarat
Kempegowda International AirportBengaluruKarnataka
Mangalore AirportMangaloreKarnataka
Cochin International AirportKochiKerala
Calicut International AirportKozhikodeKerala
Trivandrum International AirportThiruvananthapuramKerala
Raja Bhoj AirportBhopalMadhya Pradesh
Devi Ahilyabai Holkar AirportIndoreMadhya Pradesh
Chhatrapati Shivaji International AirportMumbaiMaharashtra
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International AirportNagpurMaharashtra
Pune AirportPuneMaharashtra
Zaruki International AirportShillongMeghalaya
Jaipur International AirportJaipurRajasthan
Chennai International AirportChennaiTamil Nadu
Civil AerodromeCoimbatoreTamil Nadu
Tiruchirapalli International AirportTiruchirappalliTamil Nadu
Chaudhary Charan Singh AirportLucknowUttar Pradesh
Lal Bahadur Shastri International AirportVaranasiUttar Pradesh
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International AirportKolkataWest Bengal

Visakhapatnam International Airport

The Visakhapatnam Airport is the largest and busiest airport in the state of Andhra Pradesh. In 1981, the airport commenced civilian operations with one flight per day. 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. 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.

Indira Gandhi International (IGI) International Airport

An increase in the number of flyers, who are not bound for Delhi, have helped Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport turn into a hub for transit passengers. According to airport officials, a transfer passenger is someone, who is not coming out of Delhi airport and is just taking a connecting flight from there. Of the 55.5 million passengers that Delhi airport handled in 2016, almost 20% -that is 11.1 million -were in transit. Six years ago in 2010, the transit traffic in Delhi was merely around 2.3% of all traffic.

Jaipur international airport

The Jaipur airport has registered 24% rise in passenger traffic in 2016-17 as compared to the previous year. At present, Jaipur airport operates 48 flights, including six international flights, daily. According to the latest passenger traffic data of the Airports Authority of India (AAI), 4.5 lakh passengers travelled by air from Jaipur in 2016-17, as compared to 3.63 lakh in 2015-16. The number of flights also went up to 3,744 from 2,923 in the previous year, thus registering an increase of 28%.

Surat international airport

Surat airport for the first time figures in the list of top 50 busiest airports of India by passenger traffic and aircraft movement in the year 2016-17. The data published by Airports Authority of India (AAI) listed Surat airport at the 50th position due to phenomenal 105.3 percent increase in passenger traffic at 1.94 lakh passengers in 2016-17 compared to 94,824 passengers in the previous year.

Until a few months ago, Surat airport had only two flights to Delhi. However, come July, the airport will be buzzing with around 13 direct domestic flights to Hyderabad, Goa, Kolkata, Patna and Jaipur and one direct international flight from Surat to Dubai.

Chandigarh International Airport Ltd (CHIAL)

The Chandigarh International Airport Ltd (CHIAL) bagged the Customer Satisfaction Survey Award for 2016. As per Airports Authority of India (AAI) data in 2006-07, about 1.5 lakh passengers used the airport. More than 50 flights touch down in Chandigarh every day, connecting Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Jaipur, Pune, Leh, Jammu and Srinagar. The airport has capacity for more flights. Two services to Dubai and Sharjah operate from the international airport that started operations from October 2015.

Declaration of an airport as International Airport depends upon traffic potential and demand from airlines for the operation of international flights. Further, availability of Ground Lighting Facilities, Instrument Landing System for the operation of aircraft at night, adequate runway length to cater to medium capacity long-range aircraft or an equivalent type of aircraft, availability of Customs, Immigration, Health and Animal & Plant Quarantine Services are also required for international operations.