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Varanasi Airport

Situated 18 km north-west of Varanasi, Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport provides all the necessary facilities for the convenience of the passengers. Varanasi Airport is well-connected to the city by cabs, buses, auto rickshaws and prepaid taxi service run by the local police.

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Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport Address
Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport
Babatpur
Uttar Pradesh 221006

Enquiries Number: 91 542 262 3060

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Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, Varanasi

The Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport is located at Babatpur, around 18 km north-west of Varanasi. It was earlier known as Varanasi Airport and was officially renamed in honor of the former Prime Minister of India in October 2005. The Union Cabinet gave it an international status in October 2012. The total passenger traffic in the year 2016-17 increased to 1,916,454 from 1,383,962 in 2015-16 with a percentage growth of 38.5 %.

Terminals Trivia

The Varanasi airport has 3 terminals – International, Domestic, and a Cargo Terminal. The Cargo terminal is located half a kilometer away from the airport. It has warehouses and provides tight security and channels for safe transportation of goods. The international terminal’s capacity for flights is around 150, and that of the domestic terminal is 250 flights, both at the arrivals and departures. The main domestic airlines that operate from here are Air India, Jet Airways, Jet Lite, Mihin Lanka, and SpiceJet. Few main international airlines that operate from the airport are Buddha Air, Thai Airways, and SriLankan Airlines.

Shop, Eat, and Relax

The domestic terminal of the Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport has stalls that provide magazines, handicrafts, and books. The airport has a telephone booth for availing STD and ISD call services. It also has a snacks bar and a restaurant. The airport has lounges that are available both at the arrival and departure sections. The international terminal has duty-free shopping options, cafes, and restaurants. Shop for jewelry, storybooks, newspapers, and apparel while you wait for your flight.

Other than these, the airport provides free of charge baggage handling facility to senior citizens, wheelchairs and assistance for physically challenged people, trolleys, a childcare room, and first-aid facility.

Transport Facilities

There are various transport options to reach the city from the airport. A pre-paid taxi service run by the local police is right outside the arrivals that is a trusted, fixed-rate service which can be availed to reach various parts of the city. The Varanasi railway station is approximately 25 km from the airport. Use bus services or hire taxis or auto rickshaws to get to and from the station. The UPSRTC (Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation) provides buses from the Varanasi bus station, located at approximately 25 km from the airport. Private buses from the bus stand are also available.

Are you looking for a place to stay?

There are many places that you can stay at in Varanasi. The names of a few elite hotels in and around the airport area are Hotel Taj Ganges, Hotel Ramada Plaza, Hotel Clarks, Radisson Hotel, and Hotel Hindustan International. Some of the budget hotels are Hotel Vaibhav, Hotel Alka, Hotel Barhadri, Hotel Arya, Hotel Sunrise, and Shiv Ganga Resort.

Explore Varanasi!

Varanasi is a place of rich historical and spiritual significance. A few of the places that you can visit while in Varanasi are Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Sarnath, Shiv Mandir, Deer Park, Archaeological Museum, Thai Temple, St. Mary’s Church, Chaukhandi Stupa, Tibetan Temple, Ashoka Pillar, Mansingh Observatory, and Amrapali. A must-try when you are in Varanasi is a boat ride on the holy Ganges.

FAQs

Q. What are the most popular airlines - domestic and international - that operate from Varanasi airport?
A. SpiceJet, Mihin Lanka, and SriLankan Airlines are the most popular airlines that operate from Varanasi airport.

Q. Which are the cheap flights - domestic and international- that operate from Varanasi airport?
A. SpiceJet, IndiGo, Jet Airways, and Air India are the cheap flights that operate from Varanasi airport.

Q. What is the airport code for Varanasi airport?
A. The airport code for Varanasi airport is VNS.

Q. Which is the most frequent international route from Varanasi airport? 
A. Varanasi to Bangkok is one of the most frequent international routes from this airport.

Q. Which is the most frequent domestic route from Varanasi airport? 
A. Varanasi to New Delhi is one of the most frequent domestic routes from Varanasi airport with 210 flights weekly.

Q. Which is the first flight from Varanasi airport?
A. The first flight from Varanasi Airport is SpiceJet SG 2196, which takes off from the airport at 8:20 AM to New Delhi.

Q. Which is the last flight from Varanasi airport?
A. The last flight to depart from Varanasi Airport is SpiceJet SG 2420 that goes to Delhi at 9:10 PM.

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