Hyderabad International Airport

Hyderabad International Airport

Infobox Airport
name = Hyderabad International Airport
nativename = హైదరాబాదు అంతర్జాతీయ విమానాశ్రయము
nativename-r = Rajiv Gandhi International Airport

image-width =
caption =
type = Public
owner = GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd.
operator = GMR, MAHB, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Airports Authority of India
city-served = Hyderabad
location = Shamshabad
elevation-f = 2,024
elevation-m = 617
coordinates = Coord|17|14|24|N|078|25|41|E|type:airport
website = http://www.hyderabad.aero/
metric-elev =
metric-rwy =
r1-number = 09/27
r1-length-f = 13,976
r1-length-m = 4,260
r1-surface = Asphalt
stat-year = Apr 2007 - Mar 2008
stat1-header = Aircraft operations
stat1-data =
stat2-header = Passenger volume
stat2-data = 7,061,560
stat3-header = Cargo tonnage
stat3-data = 51,178
footnotes =

Hyderabad International Airport airport codes|HYD|VOHS ( _te. హైదరాబాదు అంతర్జాతీయ విమానాశ్రయము ) also known as Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, is a new airport near Shamshabad, about convert|22|km|mi|abbr=on from the city of Hyderabad, in India. It is presently the largest airport in India Fact|date=September 2008. It is the only International Airport in Andhra Pradesh. It is named after former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi. The airport has replaced the former international airport of the city, Begumpet Airport. The commercial operations began at 12:01 am on March 23 2008. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is the first greenfield airport in India and is the second public-private partnership venture in the Indian airports, the first being the Cochin International Airport. It is a hub for Jet Lite, Kingfisher Airlines, SpiceJet and IndiGo Airlines. It also acts as a focus city for Air India, Jet Airways and Deccan.

Hyderabad International Airport has been ranked at the 10th spot much ahead of Chennai International Airport (14th Spot) and New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (25th spot) in an official statistics regarding the "Top 25 fastest growing airports 2007" worldwide with a 26.1% increase in the passenger traffic, according to the World Airport Traffic 2007 report released by the Airports Council International [ [http://www.aci.aero/aci/aci/file/Press%20Releases/2008/Interesting%20Stats_2007.pdf World Airport Traffic 2007 - Official Release] ] .


The airport project is a public private joint venture between GMR Group, Malaysia Airports, the Government of Andhra Pradesh and the Airports Authority of India.

Project plan

The airport is being constructed in various phases, and once completed it will be able to provide much-needed infrastructure to handle large aircraft and international traffic. The airport is expected to be the largest in terms of area size and will house world-class facilities. In the initial stages of completion, the airport will be able to accommodate 10 million passengers [http://www.newhyderabadairport.com/airways/phases.html Airport capacity] ] . In the final stages, it will be able to cater to 40 million passengers a year. The total cost of the project is Rs 2,370 crore (US$560 million). The airport is being built on an area of convert|5400|acre|km2|abbr=on.

Initial phase

A convert|105300|m2|sqft|abbr=on terminal, having the capacity to handle 12 million passengers per annum has been constructed. The terminal building has 12 contact and 30 remote stands for aircraft parking. Other buildings, including the air traffic control tower, Technical Building, cargo (100,000 tonnes capacity), maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), CFR Station (crash, fire and rescue station) and utilities having a combined area of convert|35000|m2|sqft|abbr=on have been constructed. A Car Park for 1500 cars in front of the terminal building has been developed for the convenience of passengers and visitors to the airport. A hotel has also been constructed in this phase.

Construction of a low cost terminal will commence in the second half of 2008 and will cater to 0.5 million passengers on the lines of Singapore and Kuala Lumpur airports.

econd phase

In Phase 2, Terminal 1 will be expanded to an area of convert|250000|m2|sqft|abbr=on to cater to the growing demand. Post expansion, the terminal building will have 54 stands for aircraft parking. The low cost terminal will also be expanded to its full capacity of 1.5 m passengers per annum.A second runway will be needed before the commencement of construction for Terminal 2. An increase in the number of established facilities such as hotels, offices, cargo and maintenance facilities will be undertaken. The total built up area at the end of this phase will be approximately convert|470000|m2|sqft|abbr=on.

Final phase

The airport will reach its full maturity in this phase. An additional floor area of convert|430000|m2|sqft|abbr=on will be constructed bringing the total built up area to convert|900000|m2|sqft|abbr=on.

The ultimate master plan is to cater to 40 million passengers per annum to both airside and landside facilities within the airport site. Further acquisition of land to the north and south will allow expansion of a third and fourth runway.

Facilities in initial phase

*Aircraft bays: 62
*Aerobridges: 13
*Air traffic control (height): convert|75|m|ft|abbr=on
*Terminal area: convert|107000|m2|sqft|abbr=on (including undercroft)
*Peak hour passenger capacity: 3800
*Baggage Handling System: In-line X-ray
*Check-in CUTE counters: 62
*Check-in SELF Checkin counters: 10
*Immigration Counters:30
*Levels (floors): 8 (departures and arrivals)
*Runways: 2, taxiway (additional taxiway)
*Runway elevation: convert|2026|ft|m|abbr=on [ [http://www.jeppesen.com/download/chart_notams/vohs209apt.pdf As per Jeppesen charts] ]
*Runway length: convert|4265|m|ft|abbr=on
*Runway width: convert|60|m|ft|abbr=on
*Runway shoulder: convert|7.5|m|ft|abbr=on
*Runway orientation: 09/27
*Apron area: convert|137000|m2|sqft|abbr=on
*Airport ground lighting: CAT I (both ends)
*Navigation equipment: VOR, NDB, VOR/DME, ILS (CAT I on both ends)
*Aircraft Accommodation: From smallest aircraft to Code F aircraft (such as Airbus A380)
*Cargo capacity: > 110,000 tonnes

Connectivity to airport

The major proposed access points to the new airport include:

*Four-lane National Highway 7 with service lanes (on its west)
*Four-lane Srisailam Highway (on its east)
*Four-lane convert|24.38|km|mi|abbr=on access controlled Outer Ring Road (ORR)
*Widening of convert|52|km|mi|abbr=on Inner Ring Road with many flyovers with six lanes
*Four-lane convert|11.6|km|mi|abbr=on long P. V. Narasimha Rao Elevated Expressway(The Longest flyover in the country)
*Multiple traffic management initiatives to decongest city roads
*Alternate four-lane road P-7 from Mailardevpally to Mamidipally via Jalapally to decongest Srisailam Highway
*Extension of Multi-Modal Transportation System (MMTS)upto Umdanagar(Shamshabad).

Other alternate modes being worked out with State government include:
*Metro rail extending from Falaknuma to Shamshabad
*Dedicated airport train from Secunderabad to airport convert|40|km|mi|abbr=on stretch to be covered in around 25 minutes

huttle service

Passengers can avail themselves of the services of 'Aero Express', the airport shuttle, which is a unique facility provided by the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. These buses run 24x7 at 30 minutes interval to/from the following points in the city and the airport between 03:30 hours and 23:30 hours, and at a 1 hour frequency between 23.30 hours to 03.30 hours.

*Paryatak Bhawan, opposite to Hotel ITC Kakatiya, Green Lands. This location is just before the junction from where the road leads to Ameerpet from Begumpet.
*Keyes Girls Highschool, near Clock Tower, Secunderabad. The location is near Saint John Church & also close to Railway Officer’s Rest House.
*Quli Qutub Shah Stadium opposite to City College. This location is just adjacent to Airtel office in Quli Qutub Shahi stadium, just convert|500|m|ft|abbr=on from Madina junction.
*SD Hospital, Mehdipatnam. This location is in between Defence gate and SD Hospital gate where PVNR expressway ramp starts. This location is on right hand side of the road.
*HITECH City, opposite to Silparamam and diagonally opposite to the HITECH City Phase 1 Towers.

Car rental services

Car rental services are provided by Avis, Hertz and Budget.

Radio taxi

*Easy Cabs
*Meru Cabs
*Dot Cabs


The Hyderabad Urban Development Authority (HUDA) plans to start a hotel corridor called Regal Broadway to cater to the estimated five million passengers who will be commuting through the international airport starting in the year 2008.

The project of Regal Broadway is at a very nascent stage right now and nothing is finalised as yet. According to their initial plans, it was to be a convert|150|acre|km2|sing=on plot in Shamshabad but now they have to relocate the entire project as commercial complexes are not allowed in that area.

The Novotel Hyderabad Airport [ [http://www.novotel.com/novotel/fichehotel/gb/nov/6687/fiche_hotel.shtml Hotel Novotel Hyderabad Airport - Opening in October 2008: travel, stay or vacation, holiday at HYDERABAD ] ] is close to completion and expected to be commencing by October 2008.Featuring 305 rooms and suites with WiFi, business travellers can also enjoy the facilities of the Premier executive floor, along with the convenience of two restaurants, two bars, a pool and meeting rooms for up to 400 guests. The Novotel Hyderabad Airport also offers a spa and a 24 hour fitness centre.

Airlines and destinations


*Air India (Chennai, Mumbai)
**Air India Express (Chennai)
**Indian Airlines (Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Visakhapatnam)
*Kingfisher Red(Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Goa, Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Rajahmundry, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam)
*GoAir (Ahmedabad, Delhi, Goa, Mumbai)
*IndiGo Airlines (Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Delhi, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai)
*Jet Airways (Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Visakhapatnam)
*Jet Lite (Bangalore, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Kolkata, Nagpur, Pune, Visakhapatnam)
*Kingfisher Airlines (Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Puttaparthi, Raipur, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam)
*Paramount Airways (Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Trivandrum, Visakhapatnam)
*SpiceJet (Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Guwahati, Coimbatore, Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Visakhapatnam)


*Air Arabia (Sharjah) [begins 27 October]
*Air India (Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh, Singapore)
**Air India Express (Dubai, Kuala Lumpur)
**Indian Airlines (Dubai, Kuwait, Muscat, Sharjah, Singapore)
*Emirates Airline (Dubai)
*British Airways (London-Heathrow) [begins 7 December]
*Gulf Air (Bahrain)
*KLM (Amsterdam)
*Kuwait Airways (Kuwait)
*Lufthansa (Frankfurt)
*Malaysia Airlines (Kuala Lumpur)
*Oman Air (Muscat)
*Qatar Airways (Doha)
*Saudi Arabian Airlines (Jeddah, Riyadh)
*Singapore Airlines (Singapore)
*Srilankan Airlines (Colombo)
*Thai Airways International (Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi)

Cargo airlines

*Air India Cargo (Chennai, Bangalore, Nagpur)
*Blue Dart Aviation (Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Delhi)
*British Airways World Cargo (London-Heathrow) [begins December 2008]
*DHL (Hub)
*Emirates SkyCargo (Dubai)
*FedEx Express
*United Parcel Service
*Singapore Airlines Cargo (Singapore)
*Lufthansa Cargo (Frankfurt)
*KLM Cargo (Amsterdam)
*GATI Air Express (Hub)
*Crescent Air Cargo (Hub)
*Flyington Freighters (Hub)

Incidents and accidents

*On the airport's opening morning, a SpiceJet Airlines flight landed 50 minutes ahead of schedule, making it the first flight to ever land at the new airport. This took many of the officials aback, most of whom were waiting for the scheduled "first flight" from Lufthansa, which was set to be the first flight to land at the new airport. SpiceJet flight SG 397 from Ahmedabad to Hyderabad was scheduled to land at 12.50 pm, but it touched down at 12.01 pm because "the pilot decided to take off early". Airport officials were puzzled by SpiceJet's explanation that their pilots had decided to take off early though the management had agreed to fly in late. But it was Lufthansa that arrived from Frankfurt at 12.19 pm, six minutes ahead of its scheduled time, which got the official welcome as it was planned to be given to the German plane, though it was the third, as another SpiceJet plane had landed 5 minutes after flight 397. [ [http://www.financialexpress.com/news/New-Hyd-airport-takes-off-with-SpiceJet/287647/ New Hyd airport takes off with SpiceJet - The Financial Express ] ]
*Also on the airport's opening morning, KLM Flight 873 inbound from Amsterdam was supposed to land at HIA, but reports indicated that KLM was unaware of the airport change, and the pilots, confused, decided to divert to New Delhi. After they were denied landing at Indira Gandhi International Airport, they diverted to Mumbai, where they made a successful landing [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Dutch_flight_misses_new_Hyd_airport/articleshow/2894962.cms Original Report Claiming KLM Did Not Know About New Airport] ] However, KLM denies this, saying that instead, the diversion was due to the weather being below minimum limits for landing. This is due to an observant reader of an article about the diversion who contacted Hyderabad ATC and then realized that it was the weather. [http://www.avweb.com/avwebflash/news/KLMSaysItKnowsAllAboutShamshabad_197488-1.html Revised Report Which Shows The Official Story] ]
*On 3 April 2008, an outbound Kingfisher Airlines, Flight 801 to Delhi, made an emergency landing soon after takeoff from Hyderabad International Airport. This incident was caused by smoke in the cargo hold of the flight, due to acidulous liquid content.

Indian Airlines MRO facility

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL) has signed a lease agreement with Indian Airlines for setting up a MRO facility at the airport. The existing operations at the defunct Begumpet airport are expected to be transferred to the new MRO facility.

GHIAL will invest and build connecting taxiway, apron and engine run-up bay as common facilities for the Indian Airlines' MRO. The facility in Begumpet airport handles the initial maintenance checks (including C-Checks on IA's Airbus-320 aircraft). The IA will render similar service to its aircraft as well as those belonging to Air India at the new facility.

abena Flight Academy

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd signed an memorandum of understanding with Sabena Flight Academy to establish an Aviation Academy at the new airport. The new joint venture company will set up a modern aviation academy at the airport by January 2009. The academy will offer complete training packages for aviation related activities covering pilot and cabin crew, aviation engineers, technicians and aviation consultants. Training for airport operations staff such as passenger and ramp services agents will also be provided.

Over 80 million will be invested over the next three years covering infrastructure including accommodation for more than 200 trainees per year, six full flight simulators, cabin trainers and engineering tooling.

The new company will offer the entire spectrum of training services in an aviation center located in Hyderabad catering to the Indian as well as foreign markets.

Sabena Flight Academy (SFA) is one of Europe’s oldest Pilot Training Academies. After providing Sabena with pilots for more than 60 years, SFA has become an independent training centre operating in 4 continents and training more than 300 cadre pilots every year.

Duty free and retail

The Nuance-Shoppers' Stop consortium provide tax & duty free services at the airport.

Chartered Airlines

*BJETS [ [http://www.bjets.com/media/pdf/BJETS_Global_News_Release.pdf BJETS news release] ]

Fixed base operators (FBO)

Flight catering

*LSG Sky Chefs
*Sky Gourmet

Ground handlers

Menzies Aviation Plc & Bobba Group - Singapore Airport Terminal Services


*Reliance IndustriesThe open access model would allow any ATF supplier to supply fuel to airlines according to their own agreements.


External links

* [http://hyderabad.aero/ Official website]
* [http://sites.google.com/a/kondapur.net/kondapur-network/Home/Leisure---Travel/Rajeev-Gandhi-International-Airport--Shamshabad- Getting to the new airport]
* [http://news.indiainfo.com/2005/03/17/1703tdpairport.html News article on naming controversy]

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