Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (IATA: HYD, 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 is named after former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi. It replaced the former international airport at Begumpet and commercial flight operations began on 23 March 2008. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is the second public-private partnership venture after Cochin International Airport.Its Domestic terminal is named after former CM of united Andhra Pradesh Late NT Ramo Rao. In 2010–11, it was the sixth busiest in India by international and overall passenger traffic.
The airport features as the top among Indian airports in the ranking of World airports for the year 2013 by Skytrax. It serves as a hub for SpiceJet, Lufthansa Cargo and Blue Dart Aviation and as a focus city for Air India, Jet Airways, and JetLite.
Design and construction began in September 2005, and the airport was opened in March 2008. The project is a public-private joint venture between GMR Group, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad and 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 Airports Authority of India each hold 13%.
In the first phase of development, the 105,300 sq mi (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 sq mi (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.
Apart from normal taxi and cab services, Pushpak Airport liner run by APSRTC connects Rajiv Gandhi International airport with major parts of the city. APSRTC also provides non-air-conditioned bus services at much lower fares. 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. The Nehru Outer Ring Road serves as an controlled-access highway from Gachibowli to Shamshabad.