September 7, 2017: Airports Authority of India has approved the plan for expansion, strengthening and upgradation of existing airport infrastructure at Tirupati and Kadapa Airport. The project plan for extension and strengthening/resurfacing of existing runway at Tirupati Airport will make the airport capable to cater handling of wide-body aircraft. This will meet the demand of growing international traffic and international charted flights at the airport. The estimated cost of the work is Rs 177.10 crores and the project will be completed within 24 months from the date of commencement of work.
Tirupati Airport has been declared an international airport recently and has a huge tourist potential. The augmentation of infrastructure facilities commensurate with growth of air traffic will bring positive results for Tirupati Airport.
Similarly, extension and strengthening work of existing runway for the operation of up to A-320 type of aircraft and the work of Taxiway and Apron along-with construction of isolation bay, pavement against blast erosion, Runway End Safety Areas (RESA) and perimeter road, grading of strips etc. at Kadapa Airport will be undertaken by AAI at a total cost of Rs 94.44 crore. Government of Andhra Pradesh has entered into a MoU with Airports Authority of India to facilitate upgradation of Kadapa Airport.