The Andhra Pradesh state government is leaving no stone unturned to confer Vishakhapatnam airport an international status. International flights may very soon begin to land at the Visakhapatnam airport with the State Government taking firm initiative to get permission from the Union Government to formally declare it an International Airport.
The Department of Investment and Infrastructure along with the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Konijeti Roshaiah has written to Ministry of Civil Aviation to accord the requisite permission for the airport.
Some of the important foreign carriers including Emirates Airlines, Air Arabia, and Silk Airways are showing great interest in beginning their operations from Vizag keeping in view the city’s great potential and Spice Jet would also qualify this year to operate international flights as it would complete 5 years of domestic operations.
The Vizag airport located 7kms away from Visakhapatnam is the second busiest airport in Andhra Pradesh after Hyderabad International airport. It has night landing facility and the instrument landing facility with 10,030 feet runway enough to accommodate landing of Boeing 747s and Airbus 340. This is also one of the 18 airports in India recognized for operating countless number of flights under Open Sky Policy.