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Veer Savarakar International Airport

Veer Savarkar International Airport, also known as the Port Blair Airport, is the main airport in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The airport got it's name in honour of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, famous as "Veer Savarkar", a major Independence activist, who once escaped the Andaman prison by jumping off vessel. As tourism is the main source of income of the islands of Andaman and Nicobar, the airport provides facility for private jets coming in to the island. During the war crisis in Gulf, Veer Savarkar International Airport acted as the military and IAF airport.

Port Blair Airport Authority

Airport Authority of India, Port Blair airport comes under which, operates all important services available on the airport. Taking care of all the maintenance, security and other services are the responsibility of Port Blair Airport Authority. It also controls ILS system that is responsible for air traffic control and landing procedures.

Veer Savarkar International Airport

Features of Port Blair Airport

The geography of Andaman and Nicobar Islands makes Port Blair airport a difficult airfield. As there is a hillock at one end, the planes can land or take off only in one direction. Moreover, the changing winds in every six months force the pilots to take off or land facing strong tail winds.

Majority of airlines of operating in India offer regular flights to Port Blair airport from the major airports of the country, especially the South Indian cities such as Vishakhapatnam, Cochin and Chennai. Port Blair airport has a single runway with a length of 3,290 m that accommodates most narrow-body aircraft like Airbus A320, Boeing 737 and Airbus A321. The traffic in the road, which is across the runway of the airport, had to be controlled and stopped in order for aircraft to take off. All air traffic operations except for the civilian terminal are operated by the Indian Navy, while civilian terminal are under the control of Airports Authority of India.

Terminals at Port Blair Airport

There is only a single terminal in the airport, which is used for domestic flights. This terminal has two gates, but no jet bridges. The passengers get bus transportation from the terminal to the aircraft. The buses are parked on the apron. The expansion work of apron started in 2009 with an aim of accommodating up to seven airplanes on the apron. Apart from this, a new terminal is under construction which is scheduled for commissioning by 2018 March.

Other facilities at the airport

The airport authorities provide baggage services including trolley services for visitors. The passengers also get customer care service of lost and found baggage here. There are several different types of eateries at Port Blair airport where the passengers can try traditional and international food items. As Port Blair becomes famous mainly because of tourism, you can see many shops near the airport, which offer guides for a tour of the islands. There are some duty free shops on and outside Port Blair airport that provide retail stuff.

Connectivity with the city from the Airport

You can get bus services to Port Blair city from the bus stand of Port Blair, which is just 2 km away from the airport.

Address: Airport Director, Airports Authority of India, VSI Airport, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, 744103
Phone: 03192 235619, 03192 211225
Fax: 03192 233390
Email: apdportblair@aai.aero

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