Cabinet approves Vijayawada Airport as international airport

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, May 3, 2017

The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for the declaration of Vijayawada Airport as an international airport, as per the provisions of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014.
The proposal will add to improved connectivity to the State capital, an official press release said.
It will provide wider choice of services at competitive costs to the air-travelers and give a boost to domestic/international tourism and socio-economic development of Andhra Pradesh by bringing in international passengers and cargo traffic, the release said.
According to the release, declaration of an airport as an international airport depends upon traffic potential and demand from airlines for operation of international flights. Further, availability of ground lighting facilities, instrument landing system for operation of aircrafts at night, adequate runway length to cater to medium capacity long-range aircraft or equivalent type of aircraft, and availability of Customs, Immigration, Health and Animal & Plant Quarantine Services are also required for international operations.
"The declaration of Vijayawada Airport as international has been taken up in accordance with the provisions of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 and keeping in view the passenger traffic growth, demands from airlines and Andhra Pradesh Government. Airports Authority of India has undertaken upgradation of requisite infrastructure and facilities for international operation," the release added.