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Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport

Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport (IATA: LKO, ICAO: VILK) is an airport serving Lucknow, the capital of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is situated in Amausi in the city of Lucknow, and was earlier known as Amausi Airport before being renamed after Chaudhary Charan Singh, the fifth prime minister of India.

Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport
CCS International Airport.jpg
Terminal-2, CCS International Airport
Airport type Public
Operator Airports Authority of India
Serves Lucknow
Location Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Focus city for IndiGo
Elevation AMSL 123 m / 404 ft
Coordinates 26°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 is located in Uttar Pradesh
LKO is located in India
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 2,742 8,996 Concrete/asphalt
Statistics (April 2016-March 2017)
Passengers 3,968,950 (Increase22.4%)
Aircraft movements 29,356 (Increase7.5%)
Cargo tonnage 4,843 (Decrease2.3%)
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. On 17 July 2008, the Government of India officially renamed it Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport. It was granted international status in May 2012.[5]

Lucknow Airport, previously called Amausi International Airport is now renamed as Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport. It was constructed with the purpose of facilitating VVIPs, it was only in 2005 when the AAI took decision to upgrade the Airport owing to increased number of passengers and also because of introduction of private operators in the sector.[6]

A new terminal, equipped with latest technology, at Lucknow's Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport is operative since 2 June 2012. It is being used both for arrivals and departures of domestic and international flights. The new terminal is a three-tier building which can accommodate around 650 passengers at a time.[6]


The airport consists of two terminals: domestic and international. AAI has also approved approximately 1200 crore rupees for a new integrated terminal.


The airport has a single runway that is 2,800 metres (9,200 ft) long. AAI has also planned for runway expansion at Lucknow airport.

Landing Amenities

CCS International Airport has ILS CAT-III-B compliant for landing in bad weather and foggy conditions.In India Delhi, Lucknow, Jaipur, Amritsar and Kolkata are the only airports to have ILS CAT-III-B which helps flights to land safely even with a visibility as low as 50 metres.[7]


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

The airport has two operational terminals and one in planning stage:

Terminal 1
  • The original terminal, built to complement Charbagh Railway Station's architecture, is now used for international flights after the opening of Terminal 2.[8] It has two arrival and three departing gates as well as two immigration counters.
Terminal 2
  • The terminal was inaugurated by civil aviation minister Ajit Singh on 19 May 2012 before opening on 2 June 2012.[9] With five boarding gates, Terminal 2 is used for domestic flights. Terminal 2 of Lucknow airport is dealing with huge passenger traffic year by year.[10]
  • 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 880 crore".[11]
Partial image of CCs International airport
CCS International Airport airside
Terminal 3(Proposed)

Work on the third terminal (T3) at the Chaudhary Charan Singh airport in Lucknow will begin soon. The procedure of tendering has been set for the Rs.1200 crore terminal which will be constructed with a vision and needs for the next 20 years.[12]

The Airports Authority of India has decided to set up an all new terminal that would be almost four times the size of the existing one. The old terminal used for international flight operations, essentially to the middle east, would be merged with the existing domestic terminal and to form an integrated one on the lines of those at Delhi and Mumbai. The new terminal is expected to cater to over 6 million passengers and would have three underground subways leading to the Metro station in Amausi. One passage is proposed to be provided from the existing terminal, while the new building will have two more subways leading to the metro station. The government has also decided to connect the Lucknow airport to the Shaheed Path.[13]

The construction is estimated to take about 57 months while survey, designing and approval survey, Project Investment Board clearance are likely to take another nine months.[14]

Airlines and destinationsEdit


The nearest major railway station is Lucknow Charbagh railway station which is roughly 10 km from the airport campus. Airport is well connected with the cab service.

CCS International Airport will be connected through Lucknow Metro by a terminal station on the North-South Corridor Line. Metro connection will make it easy for passengers to commute to and from the airport.


  • The airport was awarded AAI's "Best Airport" award in July 2013 along with Jodhpur Airport.[15]
  • Lucknow airport was rated second-best in the category of small airports catering to 2–5 million passengers per annum by Airports Council International, a global non-profit organisation of airport operators.[16]
  • 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.[17]

Accidents and IncidentsEdit

  • On 27th December 2017, Saudi Arabian Airlines flight SV895, operated by a Airbus A330-300 reg. HZ-AQC operating to King Khalid International Airport, was lining up on runway to depart when the left nose wheel of the aircraft detached from the aircraft. The crew stopped the aircraft and emergency services responded. The aircraft sustained substantial damage leading to runway closure at Lucknow for about 6 hours. The aircraft was only able to depart Lucknow after 5 days. The passengers were sent to Riyadh by another aircraft. Saudia's Air Investigations Bureau is investigating this incident.[18]

See alsoEdit


  2. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2017: Annexure-III" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 27 April 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 April 2017. Retrieved 27 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2017: Annexure-III" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 27 April 2017. 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. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 April 2017. Retrieved 27 April 2017. 
  5. ^ "The Times Of India". Retrieved 2014-08-21. 
  6. ^ a b "Lucknow Airport- Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport, Lucknow - Lucknow Travel Guide". 
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Swanky Amausi readyfor take-off after a month". Times of India. 17 Dec 2011. 
  9. ^ "New Terminal At Lucknow Airport". Airport International. 31 May 2012. Archived from the original on 1 June 2012. 
  10. ^ "Airports Authority of India". Archived from the original on 15 September 2014. 
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  12. ^ IANS (2016-03-02). "Lucknow airport to have third terminal | Free Press Journal". Retrieved 2016-08-29. 
  13. ^
  14. ^ IANS. "Lucknow airport to have third terminal". 
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  16. ^ "Lucknow airport judged second best in small airport category - Times of India". 
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