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Rajiv Gandhi International Airport

Rajiv Gandhi International Airport
రాజీవ్ గాంధీ అంతర్జాతీయ విమానాశ్రయం
راجیو گاندھی بین الاقوامی ہوائی اڈے
Airport type Public
Owner Airports Authority of India

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. (GHIAL)[1]

Serves Hyderabad
Location Shamshabad, Hyderabad, Telangana
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 2,024 ft / 617 m
HYD is located in India airports
Location within India
Direction Length Surface
ft m
09R/27L 13,976 4,260 Asphalt
09L/27R[3] 12,162 3,707 Asphalt
Statistics (2014-15)
Passenger movements 10,404,353(20.2%)
Aircraft movements 94,057(7.2%)
Cargo tonnage 98,899(14.1%)
Source: AAI,[4]

Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (ICAO: VOHS), also known as Hyderabad International Airport, or simply RGIA, is an international airport serving the metropolis of Hyderabad located at Shamshabad, about 22 km (14 mi) south of Hyderabad.

It was named after Rajiv Gandhi, the former Prime Minister of India, by the former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy. It replaced the former international airport at Begumpet and commercial flight operations began on 23 March 2008. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is India's second public-private partnership airport venture after Cochin International Airport. Its domestic terminal is named after former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N. T. Rama Rao. It is the sixth-busiest airport in India by international and overall passenger traffic.[5]

Rajiv Gandhi Airport was the highest-ranked Indian airport by Skytrax in 2013.[6] It serves as a hub for spicejet, Lufthansa Cargo, TruJet, and Blue Dart Aviation and as a focus city for Air India and Jet Airways.


  • Development 1
    • First phase 1.1
      • Air traffic control tower 1.1.1
    • Second phase 1.2
    • Final phase 1.3
    • Cargo terminal 1.4
  • Airlines and destinations 2
    • Passenger airlines 2.1
    • Cargo 2.2
  • Connectivity 3
  • Hospitality 4
  • Fixed base operators 5
    • Ground handling services 5.1
    • Flight catering 5.2
    • Fuelling 5.3
    • Aircraft fuelling 5.4
    • Vehicle fuelling 5.5
    • Maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities 5.6
  • Sabena Flight Academy 6
  • Accolades 7
  • Incidents and accidents 8
  • Gallery 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


Design and construction began in September 2005, and the airport was opened in March 2008.[7] The project is a public-private joint venture between GMR Group, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB), the Government of Telangana and Airports Authority of India (AAI). GMR Group holds 63% of the equity, MAHB 11%, while the Government of Telangana and AAI each hold 13%.[1]

Airport Terminal

It was developed in three phases, and upon completion provides infrastructure for 40 million passengers annually. After the first phase of development, it could accommodate 10 million passengers a year. The cost of the project was 24.7 billion (US$560 million). The airport was built on an area of 5,500 acres (2,200 ha), making it the largest airport in India in terms of area. It was designed by the UK engineering design firm Arup, which designed Dubai Terminal 3 and Beijing Terminal 3.[8]

First phase

In the first phase of development, the 105,300 m2 (1,133,000 sq ft) Terminal 1, with the capacity to handle 14 million passengers per annum has been constructed. Terminal 1 has 18 contact and 36 remote stands for aircraft parking. Other buildings, including the air traffic control tower, technical building, cargo hangars (100,000 tonnes capacity), maintenance hangars, utilities under a combined area of 49,500 m2 (533,000 sq ft) have been developed. An 1800-car parking lot in front of Terminal 1 is operational for the convenience of passengers and visitors. A hotel has been constructed in this phase.

Air traffic control tower

Cafe and Shops in Terminal, Hyderabad Airport

The ATC tower is 75 m (246 ft) tall and has a column-free perimeter to give uninterrupted views of the airfield.[9]

Second phase

In the second phase of the airport development, Terminal 1 will be expanded to an area of 260,000 m2 (2,800,000 sq ft) to cater to the growing demand. Post expansion, the terminal building will have 30 stands for aircraft parking. The low-cost terminal will be expanded to its full capacity of 18 million passengers per year.

An increase in established facilities such as hotels, offices, cargo and maintenance facilities will be undertaken. The total developed area at the end of this phase will be approximately 480,000 m2 (5,200,000 sq ft).

Final phase

The airport will reach its full maturity after the third phase. An additional floor area of 420,000 m2 (4,500,000 sq ft) will be developed bringing the total built-up area to 900,000 m2 (9,700,000 sq ft).

The ultimate master plan provides for a capacity of 40 million passengers yearly[8] with the accompanying air and ground facilities. Further acquisition of land to the north and south will allow expansion of a third and fourth runway on demand.

Cargo terminal

The state-of-the-art cargo terminal has implemented a concept of an integrated cargo facility housing domestic and international facilities under one roof. The Air Cargo Complex has a built-in area of 14,330 m2 (154,200 sq ft). The complex is a modular building with a capacity to handle cargo throughput of 100,000 MT annually. It has dedicated cargo apron facilities for handling regular and freighter operations.[10]

Airlines and destinations

Passenger airlines

Airlines Destinations
Air Arabia Sharjah
Air Costa Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam
Air India Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Chicago-O'Hare, Delhi, Dubai-International, Jeddah, Kuwait, Mumbai, Muscat, Pune, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam
Air India Regional Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur
British Airways London-Heathrow
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong
Emirates Dubai-International
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
flydubai Dubai-International
Gulf Air Bahrain
IndiGo Agartala, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Delhi, Dubai-International, Goa, Guwahati, Indore, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Pune, Raipur, Trivandrum, Vishakapatnam
Jet Airways Abu Dhabi, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Delhi, Kochi, Lucknow, Mumbai, Mangalore , Pune, Rajahmundry, Vadodara
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur
Oman Air Muscat
Qatar Airways Doha
Saudia Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh
SilkAir Singapore
SpiceJet Agartala, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Goa, Jabalpur, Kochi, Madurai, Mangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Rajahmundry, Tirupati, Varanasi,[11] Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam
Thai Airways International Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi
Tigerair Singapore
TruJet Aurangabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Rajahmundry, Tirupati, Vijayawada
Vistara Delhi


Airlines Destinations
Blue Dart Aviation Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai
Cathay Pacific Cargo Bangalore, Delhi, Hong Kong[12]
Lufthansa Cargo Frankfurt, Mumbai, Sharjah
Singapore Airlines Cargo Singapore
Qatar Airways Cargo Doha[13]
Thai Cargo Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Frankfurt
Turkish Airlines Cargo Istanbul-Atatürk, Tehran-Imam Khomeini


Pushpak Bus (TSRTC) Routes

Apart from normal taxi and cab services, Pushpak Airport liner run by TSRTC connects Rajiv Gandhi International airport with major parts of the city. TSRTC also provides non-air-conditioned bus services at much lower fares.[14]

The 11.6 km PV Narasimha Rao Expressway from Mehdipatnam to Rajendranagar provides dedicated high-speed travel to the airport and is the second longest flyover in India.[15] The Nehru Outer Ring Road serves as a controlled-access highway from Gachibowli to Shamshabad.[16]

The airport is 40 km (25 mi) from Secunderabad Junction.[17] Metro rail extension from Falaknuma to Shamshabad and a dedicated train corridor from Secunderabad to airport are under planning.


The Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) plans to develop a hotel corridor called Regal Broadway to cater to an estimated five million visitors to the city travelling through the international airport in 2008. The Regal Broadway Project is at a nascent stage; plans are under development. According to initial plans, the project was to be located 150-acre (0.61 km2) in Shamshabad, but reports suggest the entire project may be relocated since environment and development guidelines in the area do not permit commercial complexes.

The Novotel Hyderabad Airport Hotel was opened in October 2008[18] with 305 rooms and suites, featuring WiFi, executive amenities, restaurants, two bars, pool and meeting rooms. The hotel also has a spa and fitness centres.

Fixed base operators

Ground handling services

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. (GHIAL) has awarded ground handling concessions to two ground handlers – Al-SATs Consortium and Menzies-Bobba.[19]

Flight catering

LSG Sky Chefs and Sky Gourmet have been awarded concessions to construct, operate, maintain, manage and develop the in-flight catering facilities. They have been allocated area measuring 2.5 acres (1.0 ha) each to operate and maintain the necessary facilities at the airport.[20]


Aircraft fuelling

GHIAL has constructed and commissioned an aviation fuel farm and hydrant fuelling system with state-of-the-art facilities including modern automated systems in the airport area. The airport is the first in the country to introduce the 'open access' system allowing the air carriers to choose suppliers of their choice.[21]

Vehicle fuelling

The vehicle fuelling facilities at the airside are operated by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL). The facility provides fuel to all the ground handling vehicles at the airside. BPCL has planned to start a vehicle fuelling station on the landside with a 24-hour convenience store.[21]

Maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL) has leased Air India space for an MRO facility at the airport. The existing operations at the defunct Begumpet airport are expected to be transferred to the new MRO facility. GHIAL will invest and build connecting taxiway, apron and engine run-up bay as common facilities for the Indian Airlines' MRO. The facility in Begumpet airport handles the initial maintenance checks (including C-Checks on IA's Airbus-320 aircraft). The IA will render similar service to its aircraft as well as those belonging to Air India at the new facility.

MAS-GMR Aerospace Engineering Company Ltd., located in the 250 acre GMR Aerospace Park SEZ, offers base maintenance services starting with C-checks for narrow bodied aircraft like Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 including the B-737 Classic and B-737 next generation aircraft saving precious foreign exchange and aircraft downtime for most airline companies.

Sabena Flight Academy

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd signed an MoU with Sabena Flight Academy to establish an Aviation Academy at the new airport.

Over €80 million will be invested over the next three years covering infrastructure including accommodation for more than 200 trainees per year, six full flight simulators, cabin trainers and engineering tooling.[22]


Year Award Category Results Ref
2009 Center for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) Award Best Airport Environmental Performance of the Year Won [23]
2010 Airport Service Quality Awards
by Airports Council International
Best Airport by Size (5–15 million passenger) 1st [24]
2011 Airport Service Quality Awards
by Airports Council International
Best Airport by Size (5–15 million passenger) 3rd [25]
2012 World Airport Awards by Skytrax Best Airport (India) 3rd [26]
2013 World Airport Awards by Skytrax Best Airport (India) 1st [26]
Best Airport (Asia) 5th
Best Airport (Worldwide) 65th
Best Airport (by passengers, 5–10 million) 7th

Incidents and accidents

  • On the airport's opening morning, a SpiceJet Airlines flight landed 50 minutes ahead of schedule, making it the first flight to land at the new airport. This took many of the officials aback, most of whom were waiting for the scheduled "first flight" from Lufthansa, which was set to be the first flight to land. SpiceJet flight SG 397 from Ahmedabad to Hyderabad was scheduled to land at 12.50 am, but it touched down at 12.01 am because "the pilot decided to take off early". Airport officials were puzzled by SpiceJet's explanation because the management had agreed to fly in late. The American expatriate captain of SG 397 affirms that he departed from Ahmedabad at the exact time dictated by dispatch and has the flight schedule to prove it. Scheduled arrival was 12:20 am. Actual arrival was 12:15 am, only 5 minutes early. Again, these times were set by dispatch the previous day. Lufthansa arrived from Frankfurt at 12:19 am, six minutes ahead of its scheduled time, which got the official welcome as was planned, though it was the third, as another SpiceJet plane had landed 5 minutes after flight 397.[27]
  • Also on the airport's opening morning, KLM Flight 873 inbound from Amsterdam was supposed to land at HIA, but reports indicated that KLM was unaware of the airport change. The pilots, confused, diverted to New Delhi. After they were denied landing at Indira Gandhi International Airport, they diverted to Mumbai, where they made a successful landing.[28] KLM denies this, saying that instead, the diversion was due to the weather being below minimum limits for landing. An observant reader of an article about the diversion contacted Hyderabad ATC and then realised that it was the weather.[29]
  • The airport validated its capability to land Airbus A380 aircraft when, on 16 June 2011, a Dubai-bound Emirates Airlines flight, EK-413 Airbus A-380 was diverted to Hyderabad as an Australian citizen required emergency medical assistance. The aircraft landed at around 4.20 am and left at 6.30 am after the passenger was shifted.[30] On 23 October 2011, a Dubai-bound Emirates Airlines flight from Bangkok was forced into landing under emergency conditions following technical problems. All 410 passengers on board the aircraft were disembarked safely.[31]



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