Thursday, September 13, 2012

Visakhapatnam Airport All Set To Expand Its Operational Hours

Thankfully the long wait for India’s Vishakhapatnam Airport (VTZ) is finally over! The airport has received a nod from authorities in India to extend its working hours by four hours.

Currently, VTZ operates only till 8 pm which is now extended till 11.55 pm to enable international outbound and inbound flights to India connecting this popular South Indian destination also known as Vizag to the rest of the world. The extended working hours will be available only on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays and will be effective from October 1, 2012 for six months.

The last flight from VTZ will depart at 10.55 pm, but the airport will remain open till 12 am in order to ensure there are no exigencies and other technical issues.

For long, VTZ authorities were requesting to extend the working hours and get the permission for round-the-clock flights operations from the airport.

Industry experts believe that now with the extended operational hours, several international airlines will start offering new flights or enhance flight frequency to Vizag in the next few months.

Thai Airways is planning to operate direct flights to India connecting Vishakhapatnam and Bangkok. SriLankan Airlines and wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, SilkAir are also reportedly thinking of initiating operations of international flights to and from Vizag.

Even from the perspective of business and leisure flyers taking flights to India connecting Vishakhapatnam, it comes as a great development as it allows them a flexible and much longer time frame in the airport. One can also engage in activities like shopping and dining for longer hours.

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