The major obstacle in the expansion of the runway of Vijayawada Airport, to handle large aircraft like Airbus A 320, with the acquisition of 698 acres has been overcome. District administration will be handing over the land to the airport authorities by July 31. Mr. G Madhusudhan Rao - Vijayawada Airport director has disclosed the news on Monday to the media during an interaction program organized by Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries Federation (APCCIF).
As the local farmers were not eager to hand over their farm lands for the runway expansion, there has been a delay in land acquisition. Once the land is handed over, the airport authorities want to construct an 11-km-long compound wall. The cost of the first phase of expansion of this project is estimated to be INR 145 crore and after completion of this runway expansion, large aircraft like Airbus A320 can land without any hitch at Vijayawada Airport.