Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport
|Owner||Government of India|
|Operator||Airports Authority of India|
|Location||Babatpur, Varanasi district, Uttar Pradesh, India|
|Elevation AMSL||270 ft / 82.30 m|
|Statistics (April 2022 - March 2023)|
Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport (IATA: VNS, ICAO: VEBN) is an international airport serving Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. It is located at Babatpur, 26 km (16 mi) northwest of Varanasi. Formerly known as Varanasi Airport, it was officially renamed after Lal Bahadur Shastri, the 2nd Prime Minister of India, in October 2005. It is the 20th-busiest airport in India in terms of passenger movement, and the second-busiest airport in Uttar Pradesh. The airport is awarded as the best airport in Asia-Pacific in 2020 (2 to 5 million passengers per annum) by Airports Council International.
An integrated terminal serves both domestic and international flights, with a floor area of 3,900 square metres (42,000 square feet). The terminal features 16 check-in counters with CUTE (common-user terminal equipment), four immigration counters that double up as emigration counters, and two baggage-claim belts. Besides an upper-level seating area for the aero-bridge gates, the terminal features a ground-level gate to reach other aircraft on the apron on foot, or via shuttle bus. The apron can simultaneously park five narrow-body aircraft. The waiting area features essential services for the passengers, besides snack stalls, a travellers' convenience store, a bookstore with a newsstand, and stores selling merchandise indigenous to Varanasi, such as Banarasi Saris; and a VIP waiting lounge.
The airport features a single asphalt runway bearing 09/27. It is 9,006 feet (2,745 m) in length, with turnarounds on both ends, and two exits to the main apron. A third, seldom-used exit leads to an isolated apron for use in emergency.
|Air India||Delhi, Mumbai|
|Air India Express||Sharjah|
|Akasa Air||Bangalore, Mumbai|
|IndiGo||Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Goa–Mopa, Hyderabad, Khajuraho (begins 10 October 2023), Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Pune|
|Nok Air||Bangkok–Don Mueang, Gaya (both begin 1 November 2023)|
|SpiceJet||Chennai (begins 2 September 2023), Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad (begins 2 September 2023), Khajuraho (resumes 29 October 2023)|
Due to increasing passenger traffic and aircraft movements the Airports Authority of India is planning to extend the runway to 4,075 m (13,369 ft) from the existing 2,750 m (9,020 ft). An underpass will be constructed as the expansion will intersect with National Highway 31.
In November 2019, the Airports Authority of India came up with a proposal for a new second terminal, which will be completed by 2024. The total area of the terminal will be 58,691 m² with passenger capacity of 4.5 million per year.