Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of Civil Aviation inaugurated the extension and strengthening of existing runways of Vijayawada and Rajahmundry airport and laid the foundation stone for linear expansion of terminal building of Visakhapatnam airport through a video link.
To meet the growing demands of the traffic and to facilitate the operations of A321 type of aircraft at Rajahmundry airport, extension and strengthening of existing runway and associated works at an estimated cost of ₹182 crore was taken up. Existing runway has been extended from 1750 m to 3165 m. Similarly, extension and strengthening of existing runway of Vijayawada airport from 2286 m to 3360 m and associated works have been completed at the cost of `145 crores. The airport will now be able to facilitate operations of wide-bodied aircraft.
HMCA also laid the foundation stone for linear expansion of terminal building of Visakhapatnam airport on this occasion. In view of the exponential growth of passenger and aircraft movement experienced and the sustained growth observed in the recent past, Airports Authority of India has decided to expand the existing terminal building at Visakhapatnam airport. The existing terminal area of 19800 sqm. will be expanded to 29050 sqm. at the cost of `60 crore. After the expansion, the terminal building will be able to handle 1050 passengers during peak hours.