Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport

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Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport
CCS International Airport.jpg
Terminal-2, CCS International Airport
Airport typePublic
OperatorAirports Authority of India
ServesLucknow and Central Uttar Pradesh
LocationLucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Elevation AMSL123 m / 404 ft
Coordinates26°45′43″N 080°53′00″E / 26.76194°N 80.88333°E / 26.76194; 80.88333Coordinates: 26°45′43″N 080°53′00″E / 26.76194°N 80.88333°E / 26.76194; 80.88333
LKO is located in Uttar Pradesh
LKO is located in India
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 2,741.9808 8,996 Concrete/asphalt
Statistics (April 2018 - March 2019)
Passengers5,532,819 (Increase16.4%)
Aircraft movements41,752 (Increase14.7%)
Cargo tonnage6,111 (Decrease3.4%)
Sources: AIP from AAI[1]
Statistics from AAI[2][3][4]

Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport (IATA: LKO, ICAO: VILK) is an international airport serving Lucknow, the capital of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is situated in the Amausi area of the city, and was earlier known as Amausi Airport before being renamed after Chaudhary Charan Singh, the fifth prime minister of India.


The airport was constructed in 1986 to facilitate corporate and government officials. With an increasing number of passengers, AAI decided to upgrade the airport. On 17 July 2008, the Government of India officially renamed it Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport, it was granted international status in May 2012.[5]

The airport was constructed with the purpose of facilitating VVIPs.[clarification needed] It was only in 2005 when the AAI took decision to upgrade the airport owing to an increased number of passengers, and also because of the introduction of private operators in the sector.[6]

A new terminal, equipped with the latest technology, at Lucknow's Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport, has been operative since 2 June 2012, it is used both for arrivals and departures of domestic and international flights. The new terminal is a three-tier building which can accommodate around 2000 passengers at a time.[6]


The airport consists of two terminals: domestic and international. AAI has also approved approximately 1383 crore rupees for a new integrated terminal.


The airport has a single runway that is 3,750 metres (12,300 ft) long. AAI has also planned for runway expansion at Lucknow Airport.

Landing amenities

CCS International Airport has ILS CAT-III-B compliant for landing in bad weather and foggy conditions. Delhi, Lucknow, Jaipur, Amritsar and Kolkata are the only airports in India with ILS CAT-III-B which helps flights land safely even with a visibility as low as 50 metres.[7]


Visitor's lobby overlooking Departure Hall, inside view of the new terminal building

The airport has two operational terminals and one in the planning stage:

Terminal 1
  • The original terminal, built to complement Charbagh Railway Station's architecture, is now used for international flights after the opening of Terminal 2.[8] It has two arrival and three departing gates as well as two immigration counters.
Terminal 2
  • The terminal was inaugurated by civil aviation minister Ajit Singh on 19 May 2012 before opening on 2 June 2012.[9] With five boarding gates, Terminal 2 is used for domestic flights. Terminal 2 of Lucknow airport deals with huge passenger traffic every year.[10] Air traffic growth has put some pressure on aerodromes as of 2017. Minister of State for Civil Aviation said, "project management consultant has been awarded for expansion of existing terminal building for an estimated cost of Rs 880 crore".[11]
Partial image of CCs International airport
CCS International Airport airside
Terminal 3


The airport is connected to Lucknow by Lucknow Metro; the Red Line metro station of Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport metro station acts as a terminus for Lucknow Metro's Red Line with the ending terminus being Munshipulia.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Air India Delhi, Mumbai [15]
Air India Express Dubai-International
Alliance Air Jaipur
flydubai Dubai-International
GoAir Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai [16]
IndiGo Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Dehradun, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jammu, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Patna, Pune, Sharjah [17]
Oman Air Muscat [citation needed]
Saudia Jeddah, Riyadh[citation needed]
ScootSingapore (ends 29 June 2019) [18]
Thai Smile Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi [19]
Vistara Bengaluru[20], Delhi, Pune[20][20]


  • The airport was awarded AAI's "Best Airport" award in July 2013 along with Jodhpur Airport.[21]
  • Lucknow airport was rated second-best in the category of small airports catering to 5-10 million passengers per annum by Airports Council International, a global non-profit organisation of airport operators.[22]
  • In 2018, Lucknow Airport was awarded the best airport in the category "Best Airport by Size and Region (2-5 million passengers per year in Asia-Pacific Region)" by the Airports Council International.[23]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "LUCKNOW/DOMESTIC" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 April 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-III" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 3. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-II" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 3. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-IV" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 3. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  5. ^ "The Times Of India". Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Lucknow Airport- Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport, Lucknow - Lucknow Travel Guide".
  7. ^ "Airport ready to facilitate landing in 50 m visibility | Lucknow News - Times of India". 9 December 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Swanky Amausi readyfor take-off after a month". Times of India. 17 December 2011.
  9. ^ "New Terminal At Lucknow Airport". Airport International. 31 May 2012. Archived from the original on 1 June 2012.
  10. ^ "Airports Authority of India". Archived from the original on 15 September 2014.
  11. ^ "Kerala firm gets government nod for sea plane operations: Union minister Jayant Sinha". The Financial Express. 20 July 2017. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Govt nod for 3 new airport terminal buildings at Chennai, Lucknow and Guwahati - Times of India". Retrieved 3 May 2018.
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  15. ^ "Air India and Alliance Air schedule list". Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  16. ^ "GoAir flight schedules".
  17. ^ "IndiGo flight schedules".
  18. ^
  19. ^ [Thai Smile expands in India "Thai Smile expands in India"] Check |url= value (help). TTR Weekly.
  20. ^ a b c "Vistara flight schedules".
  21. ^ [1]
  22. ^ "Lucknow airport judged second best in small airport category - Times of India".
  23. ^ "Asia-Pacific". Retrieved 3 May 2018.

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