Vijayawada Airport

Vijayawada Airport (IATA: VGA, ICAO: VOBZ) is a restricted international airport serving Andhra Pradesh Capital Region in India.[4][5][6][7] The airport has been granted to operate international flights.[8] The airport is located at Gannavaram in Vijayawada, where National Highway 16 connecting Chennai to Kolkata passes through.

Vijayawada Airport
Vijayawada Airport 5 (November 2018).jpg
Vijayawada Airport
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerAAI
OperatorAirports Authority of India
ServesAndhra Pradesh Capital Region
LocationGannavaram, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India
Elevation AMSL82 ft / 25 m
Coordinates16°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
Websitewww.aai.aero
Map
VGA is located in Andhra Pradesh
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VGA is located in India
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Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
08/26 11,000 3,360 Asphalt
Statistics (Apr 2020– Mar 2021)
Passenger movements507,215(Decrease55.1%)
Aircraft movements7,423 (Decrease51.3%)
Cargo tonnage1,989(Decrease6.6%)
Source: AAI[1][2][3]
Name board at airport

HistoryEdit

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.[9] Until 2011, the airport had only four flights a day operated by Kingfisher Airlines.[10] In 2011, flag carrier Air India and private airlines Spicejet and Jet Airways introduced direct flights to the airport, but the latter terminated its service. Air Costa, a regional airline started operations in October 2013, with Vijayawada as its operational hub, which later suspended services.

To cater to the increasing passenger traffic, the foundation stone for a new interim terminal building was laid in October 2015.[11] The terminal, designed to handle two million passengers per annum was opened on 12 January 2017. It was expected to be sufficient for passenger needs for the next four-five years until a larger terminal was built.[12] After domestic operations were shifted to the interim terminal, the old airport terminal building was closed and was prepared to handle international services. The terminal was equipped with a customs and immigration section and additional facilities and security arrangements.[13]

The Central Government granted international status to the airport on 3 May 2017.[14] However, it was only after the state government offered viability gap funding (VGF) to airlines for operating international flights, that private operator IndiGo bid for the contract to operate two flights a week to Singapore.

[15] On 4 December 2018, Indigo flight 6E 33 departed for Singapore Changi Airport,[16] marking the inaugural international flight for Vijayawada and getting an international footprint for Vijayawada.[17] The flight was terminated in July 2019 after the six-month VGF agreement lapsed and the state government refused to extend the agreement.[18]

 
Panorama of new terminal

FacilitiesEdit

StructureEdit

The airport is spread over 1265 acres. Initially, it was spread over 567, and later 698 acres were pooled from adjoining villages.[citation needed] It has 16 parking bays for A320, B737, ATR-72, and Bombardier Q400.[19]

RunwaysEdit

The airport has one runway:

  • Runway 08/26: 3,360 by 45 metres (11,024 ft × 148 ft), ILS equipped

The airport's runway has been expanded to 3360m from 2270m. It can now handle wide body aircraft like B747, B777, B787, A330, A340 and A350.[20]

TerminalsEdit

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 pick up area. The lounge is spread over 3,613 square metres. The terminal can handle up to 500 passengers at a time and has 18 check-in counters.[21]

ExpansionEdit

The construction of the new Integrated Terminal Building had been started with the foundation stone Laid by then Honorable Central Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on 4 December 2018. The 35,000m² (376,700 ft²) steel and glass structure is being developed by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) at an estimated cost of INR 611 crores (US$86m). The new terminal is being Designed for Peak Daily Handling of 1,200 passengers, with 24 check-in counters, 14 Immigration Counters, Three customs counters, and eight gates. The terminal expansion parking facilities will accommodate an additional 1,250 automobiles. The new integrated terminal will be equipped with five baggage conveyor belts.[22][23]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

PassengerEdit

AirlinesDestinations
Air India Delhi, Hyderabad[24]
Alliance Air Bangalore, Hyderabad[25]
IndiGoBangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai,[26] Tirupati, Visakhapatnam[27]
SpiceJetBangalore[28]
TruJetHyderabad[29]

CargoEdit

AirlinesDestinations
SpiceXpress Kolkata[30]

StatisticsEdit

Annual passenger traffic at VGA airport. See source Wikidata query.
Annual passenger traffic and aircraft movements at Vijayawada Airport
Year Passenger traffic Aircraft movement
Passengers Percent
change
Aircraft
movements
Percent
change
2018-2019 1,192,000 +59.7% 22,630 +88.6%
2017–18 746,392[31] +19.9% 11,999[32] +16.1%
2016–17 622,354[33] +56.1% 10,333[34] +54.8%
2015–16 398,643[35] +71.9% 6,676[36] +43.9%
2014–15 231,931[35] NA 4,639[36] NA

Accidents and incidentsEdit

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.[37]

In February 2021, an Air India Express plane crashed into a floodlight pole and there were no deaths. The flight originated in Doha, Qatar. [38]

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