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Tirupati International Airport[4] (IATA: TIR, ICAO: VOTP) is a international airport at Renigunta, a part of Tirupati in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India.[5]The airport has been granted an upgrade to international by the Government of India.[6] It is 16 km (9.9 mi) from north Tirupati and 39 km (24 mi) from Venkateswara Temple, Tirumala.

Tirupati Airport
Summary
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorAirports Authority of India
ServesTirupati & Rajampet
LocationRenigunta, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh
Elevation AMSL350 ft / 107 m
Coordinates13°38′16″N 079°32′50″E / 13.63778°N 79.54722°E / 13.63778; 79.54722Coordinates: 13°38′16″N 079°32′50″E / 13.63778°N 79.54722°E / 13.63778; 79.54722
Websitewww.aai.aero/en/airports/tirupati
Map
TIR is located in Andhra Pradesh
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TIR 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 movements548,732(Increase20.3%)
Aircraft movements7,181(Increase8.6%)
Source: AAI[1][2][3]

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HistoryEdit

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.

TerminalEdit

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.[7] The foundation stone was laid in October 2010 by Manmohan Singh, then Prime Minister of India.[8][9]

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,[10] and the terminal was inaugurated on 22 October 2015 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.[11] Tirupati Airport was declared an international airport by the Government of India in June 2017.[12]

RunwayEdit

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).[13]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

IncidentsEdit

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.[18][19][20]

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.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-III" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 3. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-II" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 3. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-IV" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 3. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Vijayawada, Tirupati airports get global tag". The Hindu. 23 June 2017. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Tirupati International Airport" (PDF). Aviation Authority of India.
  6. ^ Press Trust of India. "No foreign flights at Tirupati, Vijaywada airports after international tag | Business Standard News". Business-standard.com. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate new terminal of Tirupati airport tomorrow". The Economic Times. 21 October 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  8. ^ "PM Lays Foundation Stone for New Integrated Terminal at Tirupati Airport". Press Information Bureau. 1 September 2010. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Int'l status for Tirupati airport still a dream". New Indian Express. Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Complete works before Oct. 15: AAI Chairman". The Hindu. 11 October 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  11. ^ "Govt determined to strengthen tourism infrastructure: PM". The Hindu. 22 October 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  12. ^ "eGazette - Tirupati International Airport" (PDF). egazette. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  13. ^ Comments (29 October 2018). "Tirupati airport runway expansion work takes off". The Hindu. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  14. ^ a b "Air India and Alliance Air timetable". airindia.in. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  15. ^ "IndiGo flight schedules". goindigo.in. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  16. ^ "Star Air: Hubli to Tirupati and Bengaluru". twitter.com. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  17. ^ "TruJet flight schedules". trujet.com. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  18. ^ "Blowing the wind". Telegraph India. 17 October 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  19. ^ "Major air crashes in India in two decades". New Indian Express. 22 May 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  20. ^ Civil aviation accident summary (PDF). DGCA (Report). 22 May 2010.

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