Tirupati International Airport (IATA: TIR, ICAO: VOTP) is a international airport at Renigunta, a part of Tirupati in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India.The airport has been granted an upgrade to international by the Government of India. It is 16 km (9.9 mi) from north Tirupati and 39 km (24 mi) from Venkateswara Temple, Tirumala.
|Owner/Operator||Airports Authority of India|
|Serves||Tirupati & Rajampet|
|Location||Renigunta, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh|
|Elevation AMSL||350 ft / 107 m|
|Statistics (Apr 2017 - Mar 2018)|
Tirupati Airport was established in 1976. In 1993, then Prime Minister of India P. V. Narasimha Rao laid the foundation stone for a new terminal building, runway expansion and a radio tower at a cost of ₹11 crore (US$1.6 million). The upgraded airport was opened for passenger traffic in 1999 by then Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
A new integrated terminal referred to as Garuda Terminal was constructed adjacent to the existing domestic terminal in an area of 16,500 square metres (178,000 sq ft) at a cost of ₹175 crore (US$25 million). It can handle 500 domestic and 200 international passengers at a time. The foundation stone was laid in October 2010 by Manmohan Singh, then Prime Minister of India.
The new terminal has 18 check-in-counters, four immigration counters, four baggage conveyors for arrival and one for departure, three baggage claim carousels, two VIP lounges, and parking area for 250 cars.
Construction began in 2012, and the terminal was inaugurated on 22 October 2015 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Tirupati Airport was declared an international airport by the Government of India in June 2017.
The airport has one runway numbered 8/26 which is 2,286 m (7,500 ft). Extension work on the runway has been taken up and the current runway will be extended to 3,810 m (12,500 ft).
Airlines and destinationsEdit
|Air India||Delhi, Hyderabad|||
|Alliance Air||Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam|||
|IndiGo||Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolhapur|||
|SpiceJet||Hyderabad, Madurai, Mumbai, Varanasi|
On 15 November 1993, Indian Airlines Flight 440 (IC-440), an Airbus 300B2 (registered VT-EDV), operating on a scheduled flight from Madras (now Chennai) to Hyderabad, crashed into the paddy fields near Tirupati Airport. It had been diverted due to poor weather and ran out of fuel. There were no major injuries, but the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
On 29 January 2019, an Air India flight AI 541 from Tirupati to New Delhi via Hyderabad suffered damages after “foreign objects” from the runway hit the underside and wings of the flight during take-off. While the underside just suffered scratches, the wings suffered heavy damage. However, the flight safely landed in Hyderabad and there were no casualties.
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