The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for the declaration of Vijayawada Airport as International Airport, as per the provisions of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014, providing connectivity to the state capital coming up nearby at Amaravati.
The proposal will provide wider choice of services at competitive costs to the air-travelers and give a boost to domestic and international tourism and socio-economic development of Andhra Pradesh by bringing in international passengers and cargo traffic, said a statement.
Declaration of an airport as 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, 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 operations, said the statement.