Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport (IATA: NAG, ICAO: VANP) is a public domestic and international airport serving the city of Nagpur
. It was named after Bharat Ratna Dr. "Babasaheb" Ambedkar, the chief architect of the Indian Constitution in 2005.The Airport handles around 4,000 passengers per day and caters to 6 Domestic Airlines and 1 International Airline connecting Nagpur to Sharjah and 12 domestic destinations. The airport, spread over 1,460-acres, is also home to AFS Nagpur of the Indian Air Force and the Nagpur Flying Club.
This airport is slated to be the Multimodal International Hub Airport in India and development work started in 2005. The plan involves construction of a second runway, a new terminal building and a cargo complex through a build-operate-transfer basis. The Maharashtra Government had offered 400 hectares of land to the Indian Air Force (IAF) in exchange of 278 hectares of land at the airport currently occupied by Air Force Station, Nagpur.
The proposal has been agreed 'in principle' to by the IAF. This will help reducing the load on other busy airports in India by diverting the cargo and passenger traffic to Nagpur and will also make Nagpur city one among the most important business and economic centers in India and Asia
Integrated Terminal Building
The New Integrated Terminal Building, a contemporary concrete, glass and steel structure, was inaugurated on 14 April 2008. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has extensively modified and upgraded the existing Terminal Building at the cost of Rs. 79 crores to make it into a modern, World
class Integrated Terminal Building. The building covers an area of 17,500 square metres and has a capacity to handle 400 arriving and 400 departing domestic passengers and 150 arriving and 150 departing international passengers during peak hours.
The Integrated Terminal Building is equipped with modern facilities such as central air-conditioning, Passenger Boarding Bridges with Visual Docking Guidance System, Escalators, Lifts, Baggage Conveyor System in Arrival as well as Departure Hall, CCTV, FIDS and other such modern passenger amenities of international standards.
For passenger facilitation and convenience the new Terminal Building has been provided with 20 check-in counters and 20 immigration counters. It has modern facilities like Restaurant, Snack Bar, Child Care Room, Bank, ATM, Concessionaire, Medical Inspection Rooms. A Car Park to accommodate 600 cars at a time, has also been built. The terminals air-side features two Aerobridges and eight new parking bays that take the total number of parking bays ant the airport to eighteen.
A Maintenance-Repair-Overhaul (MRO) facility by the American aircraft manufacturer Boeing is to be established on 50 acres of land at the Airport by the end of 2012. The $100 million project is part of a deal between the Air India and Boeing and will have two 100 x100 metre hangars, to be constructed by L&T, to accommodate wide-body aircraft like Boeing-777 and 747-800 and another 24,000 sq metres area for the allied work.