The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved Vijayawada Airport as International Airport, according to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. The decision to give the airport, which is undergoing infrastructural changes due to increase in air traffic, international status will boost domestic and international tourism beside promoting socio-economic development.
Jaitley said that that approval was given as per provisions of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014. It will improve the connectivity to the Andhra capital and give wider choice of services at competitive costs to air travelers.
The decision to give international airport status was taken keeping in view passenger traffic growth, demands from airlines and Andhra Pradesh Government. The Airports Authority of India has undertaken up-gradation of requisite infrastructure and facilities for international operations.