AAI upgrades Veer Savarkar International Airport from grade III to grade II

The upgrade entails significant changes in leadership structure and administrative powers within the airport.

AAI upgrades Veer Savarkar International Airport from grade III to grade II

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has recently upgraded Veer Savarkar International (VSI) Airport in Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, from a grade III to a grade II airport. The airport administration now has more authority in executing various tasks delegated by the AAI.

Previously, the airport was categorized as a grade III airport and overseen by a joint general manager level officer. However, it will now be headed by a general manager-level executive following its elevation to grade II status.

Airport classifications are generally determined by several factors, including passenger traffic, development initiatives, geographical significance, profitability, and workforce size.




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On July 18, 2023, a new integrated terminal building was inaugurated at VSI Airport through a video conferencing ceremony by PM Modi. Flight operations began from the new terminal building on August 21, 2023. The upgraded terminal can accommodate 1,200 passengers during peak hours and boasts a total built-up area of 40,837 sqm.

Another significant achievement is the Instrument Landing System (ILS) at Port Blair Airport which became operational on April 18. The ILS, a precision radio navigation system, aids aircraft in approaching runways during adverse weather conditions and poor visibility, significantly enhancing safety and operational efficiency.

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