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May 25

Pondicherry Airport

Puducherry Airport (IATA: PNY, ICAO: VOPC) is an airport located at Lawspet in Puducherry, a Union territory of India. The airport has scheduled services, charter flights and the local flying training school operating out of this airport. To meet the growing demand for air travel, the Puducherry Government decided to expand the Pondicherry Airport to accommodate larger aircraft and commissioned a new Terminal building. The new terminal was inaugurated on 17 January 2013 with the arrival of the first SpiceJet flight to the airport from Bangalore.

Structure

Pondicherry Airport has one asphalt runway, oriented 07/25, 1500 metres long and 30 metres wide. It has a 100 by 150 metre apron and its new terminal building can handle 300 passengers during peak hours. Navigational aids at Pondicherry include an Aerodrome beacon .A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the local Government and the Airports Authority of India in June 2007 for expansion of the airport. In the first phase, the runway was extended by 260 metres to enable landing of ATR type of aircraft. Land admeasuring 19.92 hectares in Puducherry State limits was acquired at Rs 18.95 crore and handed over to AAI in July 2007.

Future Expansion

The on-going Phase-II will see an extension of an additional 1100 meters of runway by acquiring another 200 acres of land in the adjoining state of Tamil Nadu to operate larger jet aircraft.