Varanasi Airport is located a little away, in north-west, from the city at a place called Babatpur. The distance between the city and Babatpur is precisely 18.9 km. A new name for the airport was coined in October 2005 and the airport then onwards came to be known as Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) code for the airport is VNS.
Terminals at Varanasi Airport
The terminals recently went for a makeover that came at a cost of Rs 150 crore. The terminals are now centrally air-conditioned and can accommodate as many as 800 passengers at a given time. The passenger terminals have four escalators, two aero-bridges, 16 check-in counters and five lifts. This double-storey building of 26,500 sq m comes with spacious and luxurious departure and arrival lounges. The new and improved apron of the airport has room for 22 aircrafts. There are three terminals at Varanasi Airport.
They are as follows:
Domestic Terminal - The domestic terminal is used by passengers traveling within India. The terminal is equipped with all the modern facilities including advanced baggage handling system and escalators.
International Terminal - International flights also depart from the airport. The terminal is used by passengers traveling abroad. It includes seven customs counters and 26 immigration counters.
Cargo Terminal - This terminal is located about half a kilometre away from the main passenger airport. The terminal is equipped with warehouses, storage rooms and other hi-tech facilities required for the safety of the goods. The terminal also comes with vigil surveillance to prevent any untoward situations.
Services at Varanasi Aiport
Private jet Charter
At Varanasi Airport you can hire private jets for leisure trips or even quick business trips. There is also an option of hiring Lear jets. People hiring private jets have their own personal terminal and are not required to queue on domestic or international terminals.
Varanasi airport offers economical freight aircraft charter for express freight. The airport is equipped with forklifts, trucks and other necessary equipments and devices required for safety loading of the cargoes.
Intensive air care ambulance is available at Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport Varanasi. These air ambulance service are equipped with proper medical devices and experienced staff.
Restaurants and shopping Centres
There are a few restaurants inside the airport premises that serve variety of foods for its hungry or bored passengers. A good collection of handicrafts, books, jewelleries, bags are also available within the airport.
The airport provides a number of facilities like trolleys to carry luggage, free handling of luggage for differently-abled and senior citizens.
For all waiting-passengers a new, spacious and improved parking lot has been constructed by the airport authority.
Varanasi Airport Authority
The main task of Varanasi Airport Authority is to look after each and every section and department related to the airport. It is largely responsible for the smooth-functioning of the airport as well as its facelift.
Distance between Varanasi Airport and other nearby airports
Distance between Varanasi Airport and Allahabad Airport is 140 km
Distance between Varanasi Airport and Lucknow Airport is 285 km
Distance between Varanasi Airport and Patna Airport is 265 km
Other Interesting Facts of Varanasi Airport
Runway Length - 7238 ft.
Runway Elevation - 266 ft.
Longitude - 82° 51’ 34” E
Latitude - 25° 27’ 8” N
World Area Code - 733
GMT Offset - +5.5
Aircraft movements – 5880 annually
Cargo tonnage – 422 annually
Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport Address
Airport Road, Babatpur, Varanasi - 221006
Phone no.: 0542 2622155