The Visakhapatnam International Airport or the Vizag Airport is a customs airport serving the Visakhapatnam district in Andhra Pradesh, India. It is found some 12km from the city center, and is the biggest and busiest airport in Andhra Pradesh. It operates as a civil enclave on an Indian Navy airfield.
During the last decade, the airport has seen many improvements – a new terminal and a runway, additional international routes, and three jet bridges. Before the developments, the airport faced low numbers of air traffic, and only served one daily flight. By 2007, the airport was declared as fully prepared to receive international flights, and from there the improvements began.
Today, the airport handles at least one million passengers every year, with over 11,000 aircraft movements and over 1,800 cargo tonnage. The airport is listed under the ownership of the Indian Navy and the Airports Authority of India, while being operated by both as well. The airport is served by five airlines, namely Air Costa, Air India, IndiGO, SpiceJet, and Silk Air, with mostly local destinations and a few international destinations.
What to see & do
Visakhapatnam, colloquially known as Vizag, is the largest city in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh and the third largest city on the east coast of India. The city is known as the administrative headquarters of the Visakhapatnam district, and the largest city and commercial hub of Andhra Pradesh. Situated in the Eastern Ghats and on the coast of the Bay of Bengal on the East, the city is known for heavy industries, steel plants, and the largest seaport and oldest shipyard in India. It has the only natural harbor of India, and has the headquarters of the Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy. Tourism wise, the city is heavy on the religions surrounding India and the city itself. Here travelers can see the Buddha Statue at Appughar, and the Simhachalam Temple. Further, the city is also famed for its beaches due to the natural port caused by its water borders (Bay of Bengal). Popular beaches include the Ramkrishna Beach, and the Rushikonda Beach, and if lucky, join the Visakha Utsav, the city's annual festival with events held on the beach.
How to get around within Visakhapatnam
Buses, auto-rickshaws, trains, and taxi cabs are all available for transportation in the city, but the cheapest way to get around is through auto-rickshaws (albeit the noise). Buses are state-operated, and cover almost all places in and around the city. Locals are there to help if you happened to be confused nor quite lost when getting to the destination. Moreover, a railway station is available just 10 minutes from the complex, and these trains can take travelers to tourist destinations. Cabs should be booked before the day of the trip, and should be paid on an hourly or daily rate, depending on the traveler. Cabs cannot be flagged down the streets – so make sure to book or request for one before leaving so as to skip the hassle.
How to get there
The Visakhapatnam International Airport is the main gateway to Visakhapatnam via plane. The city is well-connected to Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Tirupati, Pune, Bhubaneshwar, Kochi, and Indore. International flights to and from Singapore and Dubai are also available. Cheap flights can be booked using Skyscanner, the online resource of the cheapest flights from over 600 airlines worldwide.
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