GMR Airports (GAL), a subsidiary of GMR Infrastructure, has received a letter of award (LoA) for development and operations of the greenfield international airport at Bhogapuram in Andhra Pradesh from the government of Andhra Pradesh.
The project involves design, build, finance, construction, development, up-gradation, modernisation, operation and maintenance of the airport at Bhogapuram for a period of 40 years, extendable by additional 20 years through international competitive bidding process, with GMR airports having RoFR of 10 percent.
The initial capacity (Phase-1) of the airport will be six million passengers per annum. In February 2019, GAL had emerged as the highest bidder for the project on PPP basis.
In 2019, the existing civil enclave at Vishakapatnam Naval Airfield handled 2.78 million passengers and approximately 4,400 tonne cargo.
Over the past five years the passenger traffic at the Vizag airport has grown at 21 percent CAGR and the airport ranks fifth amongst the custom airports in terms of cargo traffic in India.
The proposed greenfield airport site lies on the border of Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram districts, and is approximately 45 km from Visakhapatnam through NH-5 and 25 km from
Vizianagaram via NH-43.