Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport

Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport (IATA: LKO, ICAO: VILK) is an international airport serving Lucknow, the capital of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.[5] It is situated in the Amausi area of the city, and was earlier known as Amausi Airport. It was later renamed in 2008 after Chaudhary Charan Singh, the fifth prime minister of India.[6]

Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport
CCS International Airport.jpg
Terminal-2, CCS Airport
Airport typePublic-private partnership
OwnerAirports Authority of India
OperatorAdani Lucknow International Airport Limited (ALIAL)
ServesLucknow and Central Uttar Pradesh
LocationLucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Focus city forIndiGo
Elevation AMSL123 m / 404 ft
Coordinates26°45′43″N 080°53′00″E / 26.76194°N 80.88333°E / 26.76194; 80.88333Coordinates: 26°45′43″N 080°53′00″E / 26.76194°N 80.88333°E / 26.76194; 80.88333
LKO/VILK is located in Uttar Pradesh
LKO/VILK is located in India
LKO/VILK is located in Asia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 2,744 9,003 PEM
Statistics (April 2019 - March 2020)
Passengers5,433,757 (Decrease1.8%)
Aircraft movements38,494 (Decrease7.8%)
Cargo tonnage14,882 (Increase143.5%)
Sources: AIP from AAI[1]
Statistics from AAI[2][3][4]


The airport was constructed in 1986 to facilitate corporate and government officials. With an increasing number of passengers, AAI decided to upgrade the airport. In 1996 the T1 terminal was built.

In 2005, the AAI decided to upgrade the airport owing to an increased number of passengers and the introduction of private operators in the sector.[7] On 17 July 2008, the GoI officially renamed the airport to Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport. The second terminal T2 equipped with latest technology was then built in 2012 to handle the increasing domestic traffic.[7] It was granted international status in May 2012.[8]

The construction of a third terminal was announced in 2016 in order to cater the increasing traffic of passengers. In 2018, the GoI approved the new terminal building T3 which will be built at INR 13.83 billion.[9]

In February 2019, the Adani Enterprises-led Adani Lucknow International Airport Limited (ALIAL) won the rights of operations, management and development of the airport under the public-private partnership (PPP) model.[10] As per the agreement, the airports would be handed to the company for a period of 50 years at the highest bid of 171 per passenger. The company will pay the per-passenger fee (PPF) to AAI for every domestic and international passenger handled at the airport.[11]


CCS International Airport has ILS CAT IIIB capability on runway 27, which enables landing in low visibility conditions. Delhi, Lucknow, Jaipur, Amritsar, Bangalore and Kolkata are the only airports in India with ILS CAT IIIB which helps flights land safely even with visibility as low as 50 metres.[12]


Visitor's lobby overlooking Departure Hall, inside view of the new terminal building

The airport has two operational terminals and one under construction:

Terminal 1
  • The original terminal, built to complement Charbagh Railway Station's architecture. It has two arrival and three departing gates as well as two immigration counters.
  • The terminal which was constructed in 1996 as a part of earlier expansion.
  • It is now used for international flights after the opening of Terminal 2.[13]
  • The terminal which was constructed in 1996, will be demolished in two phases to link T2 and T3[14]
Terminal 2
  • The Terminal 2 was originally built to become the international terminal. However, owing to the growing domestic traffic it was made the domestic terminal
  • The terminal was inaugurated by then civil aviation minister Ajit Singh on 19 May 2012 before opening on 2 June 2012.[15] With five boarding gates, Terminal 2 is used for domestic flights. Terminal 2 of Lucknow airport deals with huge passenger traffic every year.[16] Air traffic growth has put some pressure on aerodromes as of 2017. Minister of State for Civil Aviation said, "project management consultant has been awarded for expansion of existing terminal building for an estimated cost of Rs 8.80 billion".[17]
CCS International Airport
CCS International Airport airside
Terminal 3
  • On 2 May 2018, Suresh Prabhu, the Minister of Civil Aviation announced that a new terminal building will have a capacity to handle 14.4 million passengers annually and will be built at of INR13.83 billion.[9]
  • In 2018 the construction of the terminal was started by Nagarjuna Construction Company (NCC) and would be completed by December 2021.[14]
  • On 25 February 2019, Adani Group was awarded with the operations and expansion of the existing as well as new terminal.[18][19]


The airport is connected to Lucknow by Lucknow Metro. The Red Line metro station of Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport metro station is the airport terminus for Lucknow Metro's Red Line with the ending terminus being Munshipulia.[20]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

Air India Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai[21][22]
Alliance Air Jaipur, Varanasi[23]
GoAir Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai[24]
IndiGo Agra (begins 28 March 2021),[25] Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Dehradun, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Jammu, Kolkata, Mumbai, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Sharjah, Srinagar[26][27][28]
Vistara Delhi[29]


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  • The airport was awarded AAI's "Best Airport" award in July 2013 along with Jodhpur Airport.[30]
  • Lucknow airport was rated second-best in the category of small airports catering to 5-10 million passengers per annum by Airports Council International, a global non-profit organisation of airport operators.[31]
  • In 2018, Lucknow Airport was awarded the best airport in the category "Best Airport by Size and Region (2-5 million passengers per year in Asia-Pacific Region)" by the Airports Council International.[32]
  • The Passenger Terminal 2 Building's Architects, S. Ghosh & Associates were awarded the NDTV-Grohe Infrastructure Architecture Design of the Year Award in 2014 for the project.[33]
  • In 2019, the Airport was awarded 1st position in ASQ awards in Asia Pacific region for 5 to 15 million capacity pet annum by Airport Council International (ACI).[34]

See alsoEdit


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  3. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2020: Annexure-II" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 21 May 2020. p. 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 May 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2020: Annexure-IV" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 21 May 2020. p. 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 May 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
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  8. ^ "The Times Of India". 4 August 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  9. ^ a b "Govt nod for 3 new airport terminal buildings at Chennai, Lucknow and Guwahati - Times of India". Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  10. ^ PTI (22 October 2020). "Adani To Take Over Airport Ops At Mangaluru, Lucknow, Ahmedabad Soon". NDTV. Retrieved 2 November 2020.
  11. ^ "Airport makeover: No takeoff in sight for Adani operations". The Financial Express. 23 August 2020. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  12. ^ "Airport ready to facilitate landing in 50 m visibility | Lucknow News - Times of India". 9 December 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Swanky Amausi ready for take-off after a month". Times of India. 17 December 2011.
  14. ^ a b "Pandemic delays work on swanky Terminal 3 at CCS Airport by a year". 3 September 2020.
  15. ^ "New Terminal at Lucknow Airport". Airport International. 31 May 2012. Archived from the original on 1 June 2012.
  16. ^ "Airports Authority of India". Archived from the original on 15 September 2014.
  17. ^ "Kerala firm gets government nod for sea plane operations: Union minister Jayant Sinha". The Financial Express. 20 July 2017. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  18. ^ Manoj, Ashwini Phadnis & P. "Adani lands 5 airports with winning bids". @businessline. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  19. ^ "Adani group wins bids to operate five airports". 25 February 2019. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  20. ^ Shah, Narendra (22 December 2018). "Lucknow metro to run on airport-Munshipulia route from April 2019". Metro Rail News. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  21. ^ "Air India and Alliance Air schedule list". Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  22. ^ "Air India to Launch Direct Lucknow-Jeddah Flight from Winter". News18. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  23. ^ "लखनऊ-गोरखपुर के बीच पहली विमान सेवा का शेड्यूल जारी, 25 अक्‍तूबर से मिलेगी फ्लाइट". Hindustan. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  24. ^ "GoAir flight schedules".
  25. ^ "Direct Flights Information, Status & Schedule | IndiGo".
  26. ^ "IndiGo to commence Lucknow-Raipur service in Mar-2020". CAPA. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  27. ^ "IndiGo flight schedules".
  28. ^ "Flights Schedule for Domestic & International Flights | IndiGo". Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  29. ^ "Vistara flight schedules".
  30. ^ "Airports Authority of India" (PDF). 23 January 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  31. ^ "Lucknow airport judged second-best in small airport category - Times of India".
  32. ^ "Asia-Pacific". Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  33. ^ "Infrastructure Architecture Design of the Year (Sports, Transport, Bridges)". NDTV Design And Architecture Awards 2017. 17 July 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  34. ^ "Proud achievement! Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, 6 other Indian airports bag awards for World's best airports". The Financial Express. 11 March 2020. Retrieved 27 August 2020.

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