A lot is destined for the Gannavaram airport in the days to come. The state government of Andhra Pradesh is not leaving any stone not turned to get the international status for the rapidly expanding air port near Vijayawada.
World Class Make Over
Great infrastructural changes are already underway for the airport, as the state is on the path to establish its own identity post bifurcation. To this effect, massive work is being undertaken in the areas like setting up of permanent terminals, upgrading of the existing layout to state of the art modern appeal and a more expansive runway for the landing and take off of the international flights and larger aircraft carriers.
World class features such as aero bridges, stylish looking terminals, eye catchy escalators, surveillance cameras and door frame metal detectors are being added to the airport. Presently, works have picked up a great momentum, with a mission to reach the end goal as soon as possible.
Gearing Up to Host Code F Carriers
Presently, the Gannavaram airport receives code C air crafts such as AirBus 320, Boeing 737 etc. Once the refurbishments and upgrades are complete, the airport will automatically start receiving air crafts with larger capacities and international flight plans. We have carriers under Code D, such as AirBus A 330, 340, Boeing 760, 777 and Code E, such as Boeing 747, and Code F carriers such as Airbus A 380, Antonov An 124 and 225 prime series. For the airport to receive an international status, it should be well empowered to facilitate the Code F carriers. That is precisely where the refurbishments are headed.
Code F aircraft require runways to be at least 60 meters wide with another 7.5 meters of shoulders on each side i.e. 75 meters wide. The current runway at the airport is 7500 ft, which can land Code C aircraft like A 320 and Boeing 737. This runway is now being expanded to 12000 ft.
Fifth Largest After Land Pooling
At present, 22 flights from the carriers such as Air India, Air Costa and True Jet operate from Gannavaram. Indigo is also slowly getting in the line to commence its operations. The airport is currently spread over 500 acres and the number gets to a whopping 1700 acres post the recent land pooling. This will make the Gannavaram air port the fifth largest airport in the country eventually.
There is a great advantage once Gannavaram picks up both the international tag and the facilities. There would be deployment of direct flights that fly international passengers. No more transit from the Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi International Air port, for a change.