At last the Vijayawada airport has got terminal building. Thanks to the AAI though it was late finally a swanky terminal has constructed. It is a long dream of Vijayawada and its neighboring people lately came true. The airport was constructed by British people during world war ll for their defense activities. After independence it has become civil airport controlled by Airport Authorities of India. Even though it served several years for travelers through Fokker, Avro and some other aircrafts but no government has paid attention to improve it. Till private airlines came into Indian sky it was served only for chartered flights and emergency government services.
Vijayawada is now a provisional capital for five crore people Andhra Pradesh and has become necessary to improve it as an International airport. Though the airport has got its national carrier Air India service to Delhi before the bifurcation of state, no further improvement had taken place by services to various cities and amenities to passengers. Subsequent to the announcement of Amaravati as state capital the development of Vijayawada aerodrome has become must. In the reorganization act the central government has agreed to make the airport as international with all amenities subject to hand over the 750 acres of land. But it is a troublesome thing for state. Congress government on the sate under YSR, Rosaiah and Kirankumar Reddy couldn't succeed to acquire land otherwise the runway extension of ten thousand feet would have been completed and has become easy to convert into international airport.
The land acquisition in and around Vijayawada is very difficult and very particularly Gannavaram area is much more difficult. The area is irrigation rich and agitation approach minded people. The Chandrababu Naidu government has taken much risk and interest and acquired the land after two and half years with the help of local MLA Vamsi. Because, Gannavaram constituency is the only constituency gone for land acquisition in fourteen places. In this situation how difficult it is to acquire land ? Nevertheless, the troubles are over for Gannavaram airport and ready for to get international status.
The Vijayawada airport is midst of Krishna, Guntur and Godavari districts. Area of this is highly educated and rich and every family has at least one person in abroad. The Hyderabad aerodrome is carrying all these lakhs of travelers till now. In one or two years all this passengers will travel through Vijayawada airport only.
This year airport is supposed to handle seven lakh passengers and after establishment of this swanky terminal ten lakh passengers can easily travel through this airport per year. Andhra Pradesh is one among the states registering highest percentage of air passengers in the country. Andhra Pradesh is having five commercial airports and an International airport is coming at Bhogapuram (Visakhapatnam) through PPP method. The cabinet has also approved one more international airport at Mangalagiri for Amaravati new capital city.
The new terminal will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and Civil aviation Minister Mr. Ashok Gajapati Raju and Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.
Foundation stone for run way extension program is also laid by CM and for this tenders have been finalized.