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Tiruchirapalli Airport
தி௫ச்சிராப்பள்ளி பன்னாட்டு வானூர்தி நிலையம்
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IATA: TRZICAO: VOTR
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Ministry of Civil Aviation
Operator Airports Authority of India
Serves Tiruchirapalli
Location Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu, India
Elevation AMSL 288 ft / 88 m
Coordinates 10°45′55″N 078°42′35″E / 10.76528°N 78.70972°E / 10.76528; 78.70972
Website http://aai.aero
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 2,480 8,136 Asphalt
Statistics (2009 April To July)
International Passenger movements 1,82,647[1]
International Aircraft movements 1,946[2]
Domestic Passenger movements 35,201[3]
Domestic Aircraft movements 472[4]
Source: World Aero Data[5]

Tiruchirapalli Airport or Trichy Airport (IATA: TRZICAO: VOTR) is a major airport mostly serving Tiruchirapalli and adjacent districts in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. The airport, located on the NH 210 Tiruchirapalli - Rameswaram highway, is 5 km (3.1 mi)[6] south of the city centre. The airport serves domestic and international destinations.

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History

Tiruchchirappalli Airport
Tiruchchirappalli Airport

The airport, built by the British during World War II, was mainly used by the British Airforce during the war. The airport was given permission for civilian operations after the war, though the actual passenger traffic started in early 1980s. Air Lanka started its operations in 1981 with a weekly flight to Colombo and subsequently increasing its operations to 11 flights a week. Indian Airlines started its operations to Chennai and mid-east countries in mid 1990s.

The airport now handles flights to various destinations including Chennai, Colombo, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Abu Dhabi and Singapore.

Based on P.R.Brouse[7] (Air Traffic controller at Trichy airport in 1942),the airport was used as Race course during 1930-40's.The airport had no buildings except ATC and had runway length of 600m.According to him, Trichy airport handled TATA's Dakota flight.The aircraft from Mumbai(via Bangalore) after re-fueling at Trichy airport carried passengers to Colombo.Usually 5 to 20 people traveled on this flight from Trichy. The Air Ceylon(Srilankan Airlines)[8] operations started in late 1940's while Indian airlines service started before 1980.Both the airlines connected Trichy to Colombo and Jaffna.

Airlines and destinations

Paramount Airways Embraer E175 aircraft
Srilankan Airlines Airbus A320-200 aircraft
Airlines Destinations
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur
Air-India Express Abu Dhabi, Chennai, Dubai, Singapore
Kingfisher Airlines Chennai
Mihin Lanka Colombo
Paramount Airways Chennai
SriLankan Airlines Colombo

Integrated Terminal Building

Hall towards arrival lobby
Waiting hall
Check in zone

The New Integrated Terminal (Inaugurated on February 21, 2009 and started operations from June 1, 2009) has an area of 11777 sq m and is made of glass and steel structure having modern passenger friendly facilities such as central air conditioning system, aerobridges,baggage conveyor system, escalators, public addressing system, Flight Information Display System (FIDS), CCTV for surveillance, check in counters, car parking, etc.

The Integrated Terminal Building has peak hour passenger handling capacity of 400 passengers and annual handling capacity of 3.24 lakhs. It has 2 aerobridges, 12 Check-in counters, 1 X ray scanners (for baggage). It also has 8+8=16 Immigration Counters (Dep. + Arr.), 2+4=6 Custom Counters (Dep. +Arr.), 2 Security check units and 3 Conveyor Belt – arrival (47m each).

The expansion of apron has been completed to cater for parking of total 7 aircraft: 3 Category 'D' and 4 Category 'C' type of aircraft from existing capacity of 3 Category 'C' type of aircraft.

Expansion

Air India Airbus A321 aircraft on Trichy Airport

Tiruchirapalli Airport is on Rs 150 crore expansion mode since 2004. The runway was expanded from 6,000 ft (1,829 m) to 8,136 ft (2,480 m). The apron was expanded to hold 10 aircraft and new taxiway was constructed at cost of Rs 40 cr. The construction of Rs. 80 cr New Integrated Terminal Building with world class features has been completed and inaugurated on 21st of February 2009. It consists of 2 aerobridges and provision for an additional gate.The Glass ATC tower with modern features is under construction. The existing terminal building will be converted into a Cargo Terminal for which Blue Print is ready.

Further, Tiruchirapalli Airport is one of the non-metro airports selected for Rs. 200 cr city side development on public-private partnership model. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has already appointed a legal advisor for this and will shortly release a tender for the work. AAI has proposed Phase II expansion on 500 acres (2.0 km2). The expansion includes extending the runway to 12,500 ft (3,810 m), construction of cargo, hangars, parking bay for aircraft maintenance and other works. The state government would provide land free to AAI for the phase II expansion. The Phase II expansion has been pending for a year due to land acquisition issues. People in and around the airport have opposed the move to acquire their land. The expansion gained momentum recently with the district administration deciding to go ahead with land acquisition opposite to the airport and also possible closure of the Tiruchirapalli-Pudukottai highway.

Flight Training and Pilot Training Centres

Also owing to excellent conditions prevailing at Trichy Airport which is highly suitable for Flight Training. Trichy Airport is now the hotspot for establishment of flight training and pilot training centres in southern India. Given the state of the art infrastructure available here, it is an ideal training airport and base for aspiring pilots. VKN group have established a flight academy called VKN Aviation Academy with a fleet comprising of 5 brand new Cessna 172 R Glass Cockpit Aircraft.

See also

References

  1. ^ http://airportsindia.org.in/traffic_news/jul2k9annex3.pdf
  2. ^ http://airportsindia.org.in/traffic_news/jul2k9annex2.pdf
  3. ^ http://airportsindia.org.in/traffic_news/jul2k9annex3.pdf
  4. ^ http://airportsindia.org.in/traffic_news/jul2k9annex2.pdf
  5. ^ Airport information for VOTR at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
  6. ^ Tiruchirapalli Airport at the Airports Authority of India
  7. ^ P.R.Brouse
  8. ^ Air Ceylon Dakota "Sunethra Devi"

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