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Vijayawada Airport
Vijayawad Airport new Terminal.jpg
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner AAI
Operator Airports Authority of India
Serves Andhra Pradesh Capital Region
Location Gannavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India
Hub for IndiGo
Elevation AMSL 82 ft / 25 m
Coordinates 16°31′44″N 80°47′45″E / 16.52889°N 80.79583°E / 16.52889; 80.79583Coordinates: 16°31′44″N 80°47′45″E / 16.52889°N 80.79583°E / 16.52889; 80.79583
Map
VGA is located in Andhra Pradesh
VGA
VGA
VGA is located in India
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Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
08/26 7,500 2,286 Asphalt
Statistics (Apr 2017 – Mar 2018)
Passenger movements 746,392 (Increase19.9%)
Aircraft movements 11,998 (Increase16.1%)
Name board in airport

Vijayawada Airport (IATA: VGA, ICAO: VOBZ) is a public international airport[3]serving Andhra Pradesh Capital Region.[4][5] The airport is located at Gannavaram in Vijayawada, where National Highway 16 connecting Chennai to Kolkata passes through.

History

The airfield located at Gannavaram served as an army base during the World War II, after which it was converted into a civilian airport. Air Deccan introduced a daily service between Hyderabad and Vijayawada in September 2003.[6] Until 2011, the airport had only four flights a day operated by Kingfisher Airlines.[7] In 2011, flag carrier Air India and private airlines Spicejet and Jet Airways introduced direct flights to the airport. Air Costa, a regional airline started operations in October 2013, with Vijayawada as its operational hub, which later suspended services.

Structure and amenities

A Panorama of New Terminal

The airport covers an area of 537 acres (217 ha) and the runway is 2,286 metres (7,500 ft) long. The airport has sixteen parking bays for ATR 72/Bombardier Q400/ Boeing 737/Airbus A320 of which 5 are exclusively for ATR72/Bombardier Q400

To cater to the increasing passenger traffic, the foundation stone for a new terminal building was laid in October 2015.[8] The terminal was completed in 14 months and inaugurated on 12 January 2017.[9] The structure, built at a cost of rupees 135 Crores, will act as an interim terminal before the International terminal is built.

The interim terminal and the ceremonial lounge spread over 12, 999 square metres includes check-in area, arrival hall, meet and greet service staircase, aviation lounge, and baggage make up area. The lounge is spread over 3,613 square metres. The terminal can handle up to 500 passengers at any point of time and has 18 check-in counters.[10] Recently 3 Kiosk (Self check-in Machines) are placed in Airport for Passengers.

Airport wifi is provided by Reliance Jio under the name JioNet, and is a very fast connection. [11]

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Air India Delhi, Hyderabad
Air India Express Mumbai
Alliance Air Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Tirupati, Visakhapatnam
IndiGo Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad
SpiceJet Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad
TruJet Hyderabad, Kadapa

Statistics

Annual passenger traffic and aircraft movements at Vijayawada Airport
Year Passenger traffic Aircraft movement
Passengers Percent
change
Aircraft
movements
Percent
change
2017–18 746,392[1] +19.9% 11,999 [2] +16.1%
2016–17 622,354[12] +56.1% 10,333[13] +54.8%
2015–16 398,643[14] +71.9% 6,676[15] +43.9%
2014–15 231,931[14] NA 4,639[15] NA

Accidents and incidents

  • On 28 August 1980, Vickers Viscount VT-DJC of Huns Air was damaged beyond economic repair when the nosewheel collapsed after the aircraft bounced three times on landing.[16]

References

  1. ^ a b "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-III" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. p. 2. Retrieved 5 May 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-II" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. p. 2. Retrieved 5 May 2018. 
  3. ^ Dangwal, Sandhya (2017-05-04). "Vijayawada Airport upgraded as international airport; to improve connectivity, cargo movement". India.com. Retrieved 2017-05-09. 
  4. ^ Sarma, Ch. R. S. (12 January 2017). "Gannavaram airport named after Amaravati". The Hindu Business Line. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "PM to inaugurate new terminal building at Vijayawada airport on January 12". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "One more flight for Vijayawada". The Hindu. 23 November 2005. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Another pvt airliner to operate from Gannavaram". Times of India. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "Foundation stone of Vijayawada airport's new terminal laid". The Economic Times. 19 October 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
  9. ^ "Andhra Pradesh: Rename Gannavaram airport". The Times of India. 12 January 2017. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
  10. ^ "New airport terminal to be opened on Jan 12". The Hindu. 12 January 2017. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
  11. ^ "SpeedTest". Speedtest. Retrieved 3 July 2018.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  12. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2017: Annexure-III" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. p. 2. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  13. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2017: Annexure-II" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. p. 2. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  14. ^ a b "Traffic News for the month of March 2016: Annexure-III" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. p. 2. Retrieved 5 May 2018. 
  15. ^ a b "Traffic News for the month of March 2016: Annexure-II" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. p. 2. Retrieved 5 May 2018. 
  16. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 8 October 2009. 

External links

  • Vijayawada Airport
  • Airport information for VOBZ at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
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