Tirupati Airport

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Tirupati International Airport
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Airports Authority of India
Serves Tirupati
Location Renigunta, Andhra Pradesh
Elevation AMSL 350 ft / 107 m
Coordinates 13°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
Website aai.aero/allAirports/tirupati_generalinfo.jsp
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 2016- Mar 2017)
Passenger Movements 486,029(Increase31.0%)
Aircraft Movements 6,612(Increase25.6%)
Source: AAI,[1][2][3]

Tirupati International Airport [4], (IATA: TIRICAO: VOTP) is a public International airport located at Renigunta, a suburb of Tirupati in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. The airport is located 14 km (8.7 mi) away from Tirupati and 39 km (24 mi) from Venkateswara Temple, Tirumala.

History[edit]

Tirupati airport was established in the year 1976. Then Prime Minister of India, P. V. Narasimha Rao laid the foundation stone for a new terminal building, runway expansion and a radio tower in 1993 at a cost of 11 crore (US$1.7 million). The upgraded airport was opened for passenger traffic in 1999 by then Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Garuda Terminal[edit]

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$27 million). The terminal can handle 500 domestic and 200 International Passengers at a time.[5] The foundation stone for the Terminal was laid in October 2010 by Manmohan Singh, the then Prime Minister of India.[6][7] Construction began in 2012,[8] and the terminal was inaugurated on 22 October 2015 by present Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.[9] Tirupati Airport is declared as an international airport by Government of India in June 2017.[10]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

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Airlines Destinations
Air India Delhi, Hyderabad
Alliance Air Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam
IndiGo Bangalore, Hyderabad
SpiceJet Hyderabad, Madurai, Mumbai
Trujet Hyderabad

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On 17 September 2016, SpiceJet Flight 1047, operating on a scheduled flight from Hyderabad to Tirupati, skidded off the runway after landing, into a sandpit due to technical issues. All of the 60 passengers that were on board the flight were safe.[11]

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, crash landed in 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.[12][13][14]

Awards and achievements[edit]

In the year 2015-16, under the category of State Annual Excellence Awards, the airport was awarded as the Best Tourist Friendly Airport.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Traffic Statistics-2016" (PDF). AAI. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Aircraft Movements-2016" (PDF). AAI. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Cargo Statistics-2016" (PDF). AAI. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "Vijayawada, Tirupati airports get global tag". The Hindu. 23 June 2017. Retrieved 8 August 2017. 
  5. ^ "Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate new terminal of Tirupati airport tomorrow". The Economic Times. 21 October 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "PM Lays Foundation Stone for New Integrated Terminal at Tirupati Airport". Press Information Bureau. 1 September 2010. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "Int'l status for Tirupati airport still a dream". New Indian Express. Retrieved 10 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "Complete works before Oct. 15: AAI Chairman". The Hindu. 11 October 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "Govt determined to strengthen tourism infrastructure: PM". The Hindu. 22 October 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "eGazette - Tirupati International Airport" (PDF). egazette. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  11. ^ "Lucky escape for SpiceJet passengers". The Hindu. 18 September 2016. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  12. ^ "Blowing the wind". Telegraph India. 17 October 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2016. 
  13. ^ "Major air crashes in India in two decades". New Indian Express. 22 May 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2016. 
  14. ^ Civil aviation accident summary (PDF). DGCA (Report). 22 May 2010. 
  15. ^ "Tirupati Airport Awarded "Best Tourist Friendly Airport" under the category for "State Annual Excellence Awards "". Press Information Bureau, Government of India. Retrieved 8 May 2017. 

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