Reaching Port Blair by Flight [Andaman and Nicobar]

Port Blair is connected to Chennai,Kolkata,Bhubaneshwar and Vizag by air. Currently flights are operated by Air India, SpiceJet, GoAir and Jet Airways between Chennai and Port Blair and / Air India, SpiceJet and Jet Airways, GoAir between Kolkata and Port Blair daily, Air India connects Port Blair and Bhubaneshwar/Vizag weekly twice.

All aircrafts operate from the Veer Savarkar Airport, Port Blair.

AIR FARES : average is INR 9000 Flight Operators : Air India | SpiceJet | Jet Airways - Between Chennai - PortBlair

Flight Operators : Air India | JetKonnect | SpiceJet - Between Chennai - Kolkata

Vistara Airlines has recently announced daily flights between Kolkata - Port Blair from 30 September 2016.

Foreign tourist charter flights are also permitted to land at Port Blair subject to the fulfilment of guidelines of the Director General of Civil Aviation.

Port Blair Airport or 'Veer Savarkar Airport' is operated and maintained by Airports Authority of India (AAI) for all commercial flying aircraft operations. Indian Airlines is the first commercial Airlines to start operations from Port Blair Airport. In past the airport was visited mostly by Boeing 737 aircrafts and after the extension of the runway in 2004, it started operating Airbus 320 and much bigger Airbus 321.

The Airfield has two operational parts i.e. Naval and Civil. The Naval part of the airfield is utilised and maintained by INS Utkrosh for all Indian defence services aircraft.

Port Blair Airport    Veer Savarkar International Airport - Port Blair India   



History

The first ever recorded landing in these Islands was by a sea plane of the British in 1930. In 1937 the British built a unpaved (Kutcha) strip and permanently placed 2 fighter planes. During second world war after the the Japanese occupation of the Islands, In Mar 1943 the Japanese constructed the paved runway using forced Indian labourers.
           On 29 Dec 1943, Subhash Chandra Bose landed in the same airstrip at Port Blair. On 12 Oct 1945, the Japanese surrendered and left the Islands. Since then the airfield which had suffered some damage was declared unserviceable and closed. It remained closed till 1958 when it was handed over to DGCA (Director General Civil Aviation). On 14 Nov 1960, the first aircraft commercial aircraft landed at Port Blair. In Mar 1984 the control of airport was transferred to Indian Navy from DGCA.

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