Veer Savarkar International Airport , commonly known as Port Blair
Airport (IATA: IXZ, ICAO: VOPB), is an airport located 2 km (1.2 mi) south of Port Blair and is the main airport of the Andaman and Nicobar
Islands of India
. It is named after the Indian freedom fighter Vinayak Damodar Savarkar.
The airport has a single runway of 3,290 m (10,794 ft) in length, accommodating most wide-body aircraft,(that includes Airbus 320, Airbus 321, Boeing 737, Boeing 737 ), types regularly serve Veer Savakar airport. An ILS (precision instrument landing system) is available for low visibility operations, but pilots are responsible to check with local authorities to verify the system is operational, prior to flight. Earlier there was a road across the runway; traffic must had to be stopped for aircraft to take off, similar to the Gibraltar Airport. Now there is no such road across the airport and therefore there is no more traffic or flight disruption.
With such a small terminal and the isolation of the islands, flights that serve the airport are few and expensive. Restricted Area Permits for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands
are available on entry.There is only one terminal with 2 gates and no aero bridges. Buses are used to provide transportation from the terminal to the flights in the apron. As of April 2009, construction work to add a second airplane parking bay is in progress.