International Airport or Trichy International Airport (IATA: TRZ, ICAO: VOTR) is an International airport mostly serving Tiruchirapalli and adjacent districts in the state of Tamil Nadu
. The airport, located on the NH 210 Tiruchirapalli – Rameswaram
highway, is 5 km (3.1 mi) south of the city center.
Trichy Airport is an ISO 9001:2008 certified Airport. After the entry of Air Asia
Trichy airport started becoming an LCC Entry Point into south india, mostly serving the Labor Workforce in the South East and Gulf Countries from this region. As said by the Prime Minister of India as a part of infrastructure boost Trichy airport was made as an International airport on 4 October 2012 along with Lucknow, Varanasi, Coimbatore
and Mangalore airports. and also the same was notified by AAI on 22 October 2012.
This airport was built by the British during World
War II and primarily used by the British Airforce during the world wars. Damaged aircraft which landed in the airport were taken to a workshop in Ponmalai, at a distance of 2 km, repaired and brought back into service. The airport was given permission for civilian operations after the war. Actual passenger traffic started only in the early '80s. Air Lanka started its operations in 1981 with a weekly flight to Colombo and subsequently increased its operations to 14 flights a week currently. Indian Airlines started its operations to Chennai
and mid-east countries in mid '80s.
The airport has two adjacent terminals. Currently the Integrated International terminal is being used for both International and Domestic air traffic. The old terminal at the airport has been converted into an International cargo complex. The 4,000 m sq (43,000 sq ft) cargo complex was commissioned for operations on 21 November 2011.
The new integrated passenger terminal built at cost of INR80 crore (US$14.56 million) was inaugurated on 21 February 2009 and started its operations from 1 June 2009.The two storyed terminal has a total floor area of 11,700 m2 (126,000 sq ft). The terminal is designed to handle 400 passengers at a given point of time.
The old terminal at the airport has been converted into an International cargo complex at a cost of 1 crores.The 4,000 m sq (43,000 sq ft) cargo complex was commissioned for operations on 21 November 2011.The Central Board of Excise and Customs had earlier approved and notified the airport as an air cargo complex.The One-time holding capacity of the cargo terminal is 250 metric tonnes.The airport is the gateway for foreign export as there is no easy way for export from the central region of Tamil Nadu.
- State-of-the-art X-Ray scanning system
- Embedded Electronic Weighing scale
- Precision Scale
- Strong Room for valuable cargo
- Trained and certified Officer for accepting & handling Dangerous Goods
- Cold Room for perishable cargo to take care of advance booking/flight delays
- Forklift for Heavy Cargo
- Dangerous Goods Shed
Trichy Airport had two runway in which runway 15/33 was closed which was 4,776 ft (1,456 m) feet long with PCN 15F/B/W/T made of Asphalt and didn't had any ILS aids. The current runway under utilization is 09/27 which is of length 8,136 ft (2,480 m) with PCN 40 F/B/W/T.The runway is laid on Asphalt which also has ILS facilities, and Runway Edge-Lights.The runway 27 has the Category 1 Approach Lights in it. The other landing aids in the runway 27 are PAPI, HIRL, AFL, SAPL.
Tiruchirapalli Airport has been on expansion mode since 2004. The runway was extended from 6,000 ft (1,829 m) to 8,136 ft (2,480 m), apron expanded to hold 10 aircraft,fire station upgraded,a new taxiway and integrated passenger terminal were constructed.The proposed Phase 2 expansion on 510 acres (2.1 km sq) by AAI includes extending the runway to 12,500 ft (3,810 m), construction of modern Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower, additional building complex and other works.The state government has agreed to provide land free to AAI for the phase 2 expansion.The airport is one of the non-metro airports selected for INR200 crore (US$36.4 million) city side development on public-private partnership model.
Pilot training centres :
The airport is also home to a Flying Training Academy. VKN Aviation Academy, promoted by the VKN Group, operates out of a 10,000 sq, ft. plot on the airfield with Five Glass cockpit equipped four seater Cessna 172 R Aircraft.The Academy provides training for obtaining two types of licence:
- Commercial Pilot License (CPL)
- Private Pilot License (PPL)
Airlines and destinations
: Kuala Lumpur
Air India Express
: Chennai, Dubai, Singapore
:Chennai (Resumes 15 Jan 2012)