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Kanpur Airport
IATA: KNUICAO: VIKA
Summary
Airport type Partially Public
Owner Indian Air Force
Operator Airports Authority of India
Serves Kanpur, Unnao, Etawah, & Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh
Location Kanpur, India
Elevation AMSL 410 ft / 124 m
Coordinates 26°24′10″N 80°24′44″E / 26.40278°N 80.41222°E / 26.40278; 80.41222
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
09/27 (common use) 9,000 2,743 Concrete/Asphalt
01/19 (not for civil use)

Kanpur Airport (IATA code KNU / ICAO code VIKA) is an airport that was originally designated for the Indian Air Force. In the 1970s, flights operated from this airport regularly to Delhi, Ahmedabad and Mumbai. For a long time, passengers of Kanpur, Unnao and Fatehpur have had to travel about 80 kilometers (50 miles) northwards to Amausi Airport in Lucknow, a 2–3 hours drive, for taking a flight to New Delhi, Mumbai or overseas.

Kanpur Airport has seen increased passenger traffic since September 2007 and the terminal has been recently renovated with a new fully air-conditioned passenger hall. Currently Air India is operating a daily flight IC7801/7802 on Delhi-Kanpur-Delhi Sector. More airlines have shown willingness to operate from Kanpur airport as over 50% passengers using Lucknow airport are from Kanpur. Preparation are in full swing to provide landing facility to larger aircraft by Jan 2010. Passenger waiting hall is being expanded to double the capacity. The airport has been equipped with DVOR/DME navigation equipment and installation of ILS for precision landing in night/low visibility conditions is in progress and expected to be completed by February 2010. Civil Aviation Ministry's plan for a modern airport terminal on a 25 acre land at the cost of INR 800m is awaiting land transfer from Defense Ministry which is likely to happen soon.

Incidents and Accidents

On the morning of 18 May, 1996, a 19 seater Archana Airways D-228 aircraft operating on the Delhi - Kanpur sector touched down late and could not be stopped within the available runway length, ending up beyond the runway. The aircraft hit the boundary wall of the airport and came to a halt. The aircraft sustained major damages, but there was no fire and no injury to persons on board the aircraft. This happened at Civil airport which is closed now due to its runway (3000 ft) is unsuitable for civil aircraft and all civil flights now operate from Chakeri Airport.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Air India Regional Allahabad, Delhi
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