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Hyderabad International Airport
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport

హైదరాబాద్ అంతర్జాతీయ విమానాశ్రయము
حیدرآباد انٹرناتیونل ائیرپورٹ
Hyderabad Airport Logo.svg
Hyderabad Airport.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd.
Serves Hyderabad
Location Shamshabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 2,024 ft / 617 m
Coordinates 17°14′24″N 078°25′41″E / 17.24°N 78.42806°E / 17.24; 78.42806
Direction Length Surface
ft m
09/27 13,976 4,260 [1] Asphalt
Statistics (Apr 2007 - Mar 2008)
Aircraft operations
Passenger volume 7,061,560
Cargo tonnage 51,178

Hyderabad International Airport (IATA: HYDICAO: VOHS) (Telugu: హైదరాబాద్ అంతర్జాతీయ విమానాశ్రయము, Urdu: حیدرآباد انٹرنیشنل ائرپورٹ) also known as Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, is an international airport near Shamshabad, about 22 km (14 mi) from the city of Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India.

It is named after former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi. The airport replaced the former international airport of the city, Begumpet Airport. Commercial flight operations began at 12:01 am on 23 March 2008. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport 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, SpiceJet and IndiGo. It also serves as a focus city for Air India, Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines. Hyderabad international airport has been named amongst the world's top five in the annual Airport Service Quality (ASQ) passenger survey along with the ones at Seoul, Singapore, Hong Kong and Beijing [2].



The airport project is a public-private joint venture between GMR Group, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad and both Government of Andhra Pradesh and Airports Authority of India (AAI). GMR Group holds 63% of the equity, MAHB 11%, while the Government of Andhra Pradesh and Airports Authority of India each hold 13%.

It is being developed in three phases, and when completed will provide infrastructure for 40 million passengers annually.[3] The airport is expected to be the largest in terms of area and will provide world-class facilities. After the first phase of development, the airport will accommodate 10 million passengers a year.[3] The total cost of the project is INR 24.7 Billion (US$560 million). [17] The airport is being built on an area of 5,400 acres (22 km2).


First phase

In the first phase of development, the 105,300 m2 (1,133,000 sq ft) Terminal 1, with the capacity to handle 12 million passengers per annum has been constructed. Terminal 1 has 12 contact and 30 remote stands for aircraft parking. Other buildings, including the air traffic control tower, Technical Building, cargo hangars (100,000 tonnes capacity), maintenance hangars, utilities under a combined area of 35,000 m2 (380,000 sq ft) have also been developed. A 1500-car parking lot in front of Terminal 1 is operational 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 commenced at the end of 2008 and will cater to half a million passengers on the lines of Singapore and Kuala Lumpur airports.

Second phase

In the second phase of the airport development, Terminal 1 will be expanded to an area of 250,000 m2 (2,700,000 sq ft) 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, needed before commencement of Terminal 2, will be constructed. An increase in established facilities such as hotels, offices, cargo and maintenance facilities will be undertaken. The total developed area at the end of this phase will be approximately 470,000 m2 (5,100,000 sq ft).

Final phase

The airport will reach its full maturity after the third phase. An additional floor area of 430,000 m2 (4,600,000 sq ft) will be developed bringing the total built-up area to 900,000 m2 (9,700,000 sq ft).

The ultimate master plan provides for a capacity of 40 million passengers per annum with the accompanying air and ground facilities. Further acquisition of land to the north and south will allow expansion of a third and fourth runway on demand.

Salient features

Hyderabad Airport's modern facilities
Check In
  • Aircraft bays: 60
  • Aerobridges: 12
  • Air traffic control (height): 250 feet (75 meters)
  • Terminal area: 105000 sq m (including undercroft)
  • Peak hour passenger capacity: 3200
  • Baggage Handling System: 4-level In-line baggage screening system X-ray
  • Check-in CUTE counters: 130
  • Check-in SELF Checkin counters: 16
  • Immigration Counters:46
  • Levels (floors): 2(departures and arrivals)
  • Runways: 1, taxiway (additional taxiway)
  • Runway elevation: 2,024 feet (617 meters)
  • Runway length: 13,976 feet (4260 meters)[4]
  • Runway width: 197 feet (60 meters) [5]
  • Runway shoulder: 25 feet (7.5 meters) [6]
  • Runway orientation: 09/27
  • Apron/Ramp area: 137,000 sq m
  • 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: > 100,000 tonnes/year


Terminal facilities [7]

  • Check-in Counters: 130 check-in counters and 16 self check-in counters (for passengers carrying only cabin baggage).
  • Immigration Counters: Departure-23, Arrival-22, Transit-1.
  • In-line baggage handling system: First Indian airport to install four level in-line baggage handling system.
  • Transfer desks

Passenger conveniences

Like all major airports, Hyderabad offers a host of passenger conveniences, including:

  • Communications
  • Conference facilities
  • Restaurants and bars
  • Lounges
  • Shops
  • Spa

Cargo terminal

The state-of-the-art cargo terminal at the airport has implemented a concept of an Integrated Cargo Facility housing both domestic and international facilities under one roof. The Air Cargo Complex has a built-in area of 14,330 Sq meters. The Air Cargo Complex is a modular building with a capacity to handle cargo throughput of 100,000 MT annually. The Air Cargo has dedicated cargo apron facilities both for handling regular and freighter operations. [8]


Meet and greet area
Expressway to the Airport
Radio Taxis lined up at the airport

The Airport is located approximately 25 km (19 miles)from Begumpet [9].

Car rental and taxi services are available at the airport. In addition, 'Aero Express', the airport shuttle, is a facility provided by the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. These buses run at 30 minutes interval to/from several 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. Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSTRC) also provides non air-conditioned bus services between various points in the city and the airport at much lower fares. [10]

The P. V. Narasimha Rao Elevated expressway is currently the longest flyover in India [11]

Other alternate modes of road access, still in planning phase with State government include:

  • Metro rail extension from Falaknuma to Shamshabad
  • Dedicated airport train from Secunderabad to airport 40 km (25 mi) stretch with travel time of around 25 minutes


The Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) plans to develop a hotel corridor called Regal Broadway to cater to an estimated five million visitors to the city travelling through the international airport in 2008.

The Regal Broadway Project is at a nascent stage and plans are still under development. According to initial plans, the project was to be located 150-acre (0.61 km2) in Shamshabad, but reports suggest the entire project may be relocated since environment and development guidelines in the area do not permit commercial complexes.

The Novotel Hyderabad Airport Hotel was opened in October 2008[12] with 305 rooms and suites, featuring WiFi, executive amenities, restaurants, two bars, pool and meeting rooms. The hotel also has a spa and fitness centres.

Awards and Accolades

On 16 February, 2010, Hyderabad International Airport was ranked fifth Best Airports Globally by Airports Council International.[13]

29th October, 2009, GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL), has bagged the Center for Asia Pacific Aviation’s (CAPA) newly instituted award in the category, “Best Airport Environmental Performance of the Year”.[14]

Fixed base operators

Ground handling services

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. (GHIAL) has awarded ground handling concessions to two ground handlers - Al-SATs Consortium and Menzies-Bobba. [15]

Flight catering

LSG Sky Chefs and Sky Gourmet have been awarded concessions to construct, operate, maintain, manage and develop the in-flight catering facilities. They have been allocated area measuring 2.5 acres each to operate and maintain the necessary facilities at the airport. [16]


Aircraft fuelling

GHIAL has constructed and commissioned an Aviation Fuel Farm and Hydrant Fuelling System with State of the Art Facilities including modern automated systems within the airport area. The airport is the first in the country to introduce the 'Open Access' system allowing the air carriers to choose suppliers of their choice. [17]

Vehicle fuelling

The vehicle fuelling facilities at the airside is being operated by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL). The facility provides fuel to all the ground handling vehicles at the airside.

BPCL has also planned to start a vehicle fuelling station on the landside with a 24 hour convenience store. [18]

Maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities

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.

Lufthansa Technik has also setup MRO facilities at the airport to provide base maintenance services for Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 aircrafts. The facility will provide base maintenance services (including C- and D-checks) for Airbus A320 family and Boeing 737 aircraft - including 737 Classic and 737 NG (Next Generation). The construction of the 20,000 square meters facility: Two-bay hangars and state-of-the-art workshops have been constructed at the airport at a cost of investments exceeding Rs. 100 crores (20 million USD). [19] [20]

Sabena 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.

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. [21]

Airlines and destinations

Modern Facilities
Airlines Destinations
Air Arabia Sharjah
Air India Dammam, Jeddah, Mumbai
Air-India Express Chennai, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur
Air India Regional Bangalore, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nagpur
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur [begins 20 July][22]
British Airways London-Heathrow
Emirates Dubai
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
Indian Airlines Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Dubai, Kochi, Kolkata, Kuwait, Mumbai, Muscat, Pune, Sharjah, Tirupati, Visakhapatnam
IndiGo Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Delhi, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Patna
Jet Airways Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Dubai, Goa, Indore, Mumbai, Pune, Raipur, Rajahmundry, Tirupati
JetLite Delhi, Kochi, Mumbai, Pune, Visakhapatnam
Kingfisher Airlines Ahmedabad, Aizawl, Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Hubli, Indore, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Raipur, Rajahmundry, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur
Oman Air Muscat
Paramount Airways Bangalore, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram
Qatar Airways Doha
Saudi Arabian Airlines Jeddah, Riyadh, Medina
SilkAir Singapore
SpiceJet Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, Visakhapatnam
Thai Airways International Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi


Airlines Destinations
Air India Cargo Chennai, Bangalore, Nagpur
Blue Dart Aviation Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Delhi
British Airways World Cargo London-Heathrow
DHL Aviation (Hub)
Emirates SkyCargo Dubai
FedEx Express
Kingfisher Xpress Bengaluru, Delhi, Goa, Kochi
United Parcel Service
Singapore Airlines Cargo Singapore
Lufthansa Cargo Frankfurt
KLM Cargo Amsterdam
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 am, but it touched down at 12.01 am 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. The American expat captain of SG 397 affirms that he departed from Ahmedabad at the exact time dictated by dispatch and has the flight schedule to prove it. Scheduled arrival was 12:20 am. Actual arrival was 12:15 am, only 5 minutes early. Again, these times were set by dispatch the previous day. But it was Lufthansa that arrived from Frankfurt at 12.19 am, 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.[23]
  • 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 [24] 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 realised that it was the weather. [25]
  • On 3 April 2008, Kingfisher Airlines Flight 801, departing for 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.
  • On 1 September 2009, a Delhi-bound Indigo flight 122 from Bangalore had to make an emergency landing at the Rajiv Gandhi international airport on Tuesday evening due to a technical snag. All the 99 passengers are safe and left for the national capital in another aircraft. According to airport officials, the pilot of IndiGo flight 122 noticed smoke coming out of one of the engines soon after taking off at Bangalore. The aircraft then made an emergency landing at the Hyderabad airport at 5.51 pm



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