Swami Vivekananda Airport

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Swami Vivekananda Airport
Swami Vivekananda Airport Raipur.JPG
Airport type Public
Owner Government of India
Operator Airports Authority of India
Location Raipur, Chhattisgarh
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 317 m / 1,041 ft
Coordinates 21°10′52″N 081°44′18.5″E / 21.18111°N 81.738472°E / 21.18111; 81.738472Coordinates: 21°10′52″N 081°44′18.5″E / 21.18111°N 81.738472°E / 21.18111; 81.738472
Website AAI page
RPR is located in Chhattisgarh
Location of airport in India
RPR is located in India
RPR (India)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 2,286[1] 7,500 Asphalt
Number Length Surface
m ft
H1 20 65 Concrete
Statistics (April 2018 - December 2018)
Passenger movements 2,028,881(Increase32.4)
Aircraft movements 12,773(Increase44.4)
Cargo tonnage 3,649(Increase17.6)
Source: AAI[2] [3] [4]

Swami Vivekananda Airport (IATA: RPR, ICAO: VARP)[5][6][7], formerly known as Raipur Airport , is the primary airport serving the state of Chhattisgarh, India. The airport is located at Mana between Raipur (15 km (9.3 mi)) and Naya Raipur 10 km (6.2 mi).[8] It is the 29th busiest airport in India by passenger traffic and 32nd busiest by aircraft movement.

On 24 January 2012, the airport was renamed after Swami Vivekananda, as a tribute to the popular saint who spent two of his teenage years in Raipur.[9]


Swami Vivekananda Airport has a single runway—Runway 06/24—measuring 2,286 m (7,500 ft) in length and 45 m (148 ft) in width.[10]

The airfield is equipped with night landing facilities such as CAT-1 Instrument Landing System (ILS) at Runway 24, and navigational aids such as DVOR, DME, NDB, and PAPI.

The apron has five parking bays that can accommodate A320/B737 category of aircraft and a helipad. The airport is equipped with category VI firefighting and rescue capability with provisions for category VII on demand.[11]


New integrated terminal

The new integrated terminal was inaugurated on 7 November 2012 by then President of India Pranab Mukherjee. Built at a cost of approx. 158 crore (US$23 million), the building covers an area of 20,000 m2 (4.9 acres). It is designed to handle 1300 passengers at a time, excluding 400 international passengers.[12]

The new terminal has 2 aero-bridges, 8 boarding gates, 20 check-in counters, 8 X-ray baggage machines, 4 security counters, and 2 conveyor belts for luggage.[11][13]

Cargo terminal

The Common User Domestic Cargo Terminal (CUDCT) was inaugurated on 4 June 2016, fulfilling the long pending demand of the state to start air cargo operations. The AAI has converted the old terminal building into CUDCT to handle cargo operations. Ahmedabad based GSEC Limited has bagged the contract to operate and maintain the CUDCT for an initial period of five years.[14]

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations Refs.
Air India Delhi, Nagpur, Mumbai, Visakhapatnam [citation needed]
Alliance Air Bhopal, Jaipur, Jharsuguda, (Begins 1st June 2019)[15] Ranchi, Kolkata [citation needed]
IndiGo Allahabad (begins 28 June 2019)[16], Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Indore, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Patna, Shillong (begins 20 July 2019)[17] , Srinagar [citation needed]
Vistara Delhi [18]


The airport is located at a distance of 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) from Raipur Junction railway station and 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) from Pandri bus terminal. It is well connected by Raipur and Naya Raipur BRTS and cabs. In addition, the Raipur Urban Public Transport Society operates direct air-conditioned city buses to the neighbouring cities of Bhilai and Durg, via Raipur.[19] [Private Cabs] OLA is available on departure and arrival gates. Private taxi services are also available


  1. ^ https://www.aai.aero/sites/default/files/airport_brochures/RAIPUR_AIRPORT-Broucher.pdf
  2. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2017: Annexure-III" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 27 April 2017. p. 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 April 2017. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2017: Annexure-II" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 27 April 2017. p. 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 April 2017. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2017: Annexure-IV" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 27 April 2017. p. 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 April 2017. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  5. ^ http://airportsbase.org/India/all/Raipur/Raipur
  6. ^ https://www.world-airport-codes.com/india/raipur-6191.html
  7. ^ https://www.flightradar24.com/data/airports/rpr
  8. ^ "Airports Authority of India". www.aai.aero. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Renaming of Mana Airport at Raipur in Chhattisgarh as "Swami Vivekanand Airport, Raipur"". pib.nic.in. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  10. ^ https://www.aai.aero/sites/default/files/airport_brochures/RAIPUR_AIRPORT-Broucher.pdf
  11. ^ a b "Airports Authority of India, Technical Information". www.aai.aero. Archived from the original on 16 February 2009. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  12. ^ "Pranab hopes Raipur airport's new terminal will support Chhattisgarh's growth". The Hindu. 8 November 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  13. ^ "Airports Authority of India, Passenger Information". www.aai.aero. Archived from the original on 16 February 2009. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  14. ^ Share on FacebookShare on Twitter (4 June 2016). "Cargo terminal inaugurated at Raipur airport | Raipur News - Times of India". M.timesofindia.com. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  15. ^ "Alliance Air now connects 'Jharsuguda' to Bhubaneshwar,Raipur,Ranchi". Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  16. ^ https://www.ndtv.com/business/indigo-announces-new-daily-flights-offers-tickets-from-1-999-rupees-routes-schedule-fare-details-2019007
  17. ^ https://m.timesofindia.com/city/kolkata/three-new-flights-to-raipur-shillong/articleshow/69349771.cms
  18. ^ https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/vistara-to-operate-two-daily-flights-on-delhi-raipur-route-from-march-31-3565131.html
  19. ^ "Eight AC city buses from the airport to Durg had permits". naidunia. Retrieved 1 July 2017.

External links

  • Raipur Airport - India Airport Global Website
  • International Airport
  • Raipur Airport at AAI
  • Airport information for VARP at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
  • Raipur Airport at Skyvector
  • Change of ICAO code from VARP to VERP
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