Swami Vivekananda Airport

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Swami Vivekananda Airport
Swami Vivekananda Airport, Raipur.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerGovernment of India (100 %)
OperatorAirports Authority of India
ServesRaipur-Bhilai-Durg Tri City Metro area
LocationRaipur, Chhattisgarh
Time zoneIndian Standard Time (+5:30)
Elevation AMSL317 m / 1,041 ft
Coordinates21°10′52″N 081°44′18.5″E / 21.18111°N 81.738472°E / 21.18111; 81.738472Coordinates: 21°10′52″N 081°44′18.5″E / 21.18111°N 81.738472°E / 21.18111; 81.738472
RPR is located in Chhattisgarh
Location of airport in India
RPR is located in India
RPR (India)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 2,286[1] 7,500 Asphalt
Number Length Surface
m ft
H1 20 65 Concrete
Statistics (April 2020 - March 2021)
Passenger movements1,041,070(Decrease50.9)
Aircraft movements10,635(Decrease38.4)
Cargo tonnage4,948(Decrease21.5)
Source: AAI[2][3][4]

Swami Vivekananda Airport (IATA: RPR, ICAO: VERP) (referred as VARP until February 2018),[5][6][7] formerly known as Raipur Airport, is the major airport serving the state of Chhattisgarh, India. It is the busiest airport in Central India and busiest airport in Chhattisgarh. The airport is located at Mana between Raipur (15 km (9.3 mi)) and Naya Raipur 10 km (6.2 mi).[8] It is the 22nd busiest airport in India by passenger traffic.

On 24 January 2012, the airport was renamed after Swami Vivekananda, as a tribute to the popular saint who spent a major part of his life in Raipur.[9]

Swami Vivekananda Statue at the Airport entrance


Swami Vivekananda Airport has a single runway—Runway 06/24—measuring 2,286 m (7,500 ft) in length and 45 m (148 ft) in width.[1] The runway is being extended, post which the length will become 3,251 m (10,666 ft).[10]

The airfield is equipped with night landing facilities such as CAT-1 instrument landing system (ILS) at Runway 24, and navigational aids such as DVOR, DME, NDB, and PAPI.

Technical-Block-Cum-Air Traffic Control-Tower at Raipur Airport
Airfield view from Aircraft
Aircraft at Apron

The apron has six parking bays which can accommodate A320/B737 category of aircraft and a helipad (Works to accommodate a 7th A320/B737 category aircraft on the apron are underway). The airport is equipped with category VI firefighting and rescue capability with provisions for category VII on demand.[11]


New integrated terminal

The new integrated terminal was inaugurated on 7 November 2012 by then President of India Pranab Mukherjee. Built at a cost of about 165 crore (US$22 million), the building covers an area of 22,000 m2 (5.4 acres). It is designed to handle 1300 passengers at a time, including 400 international passengers.[12]

The new terminal has three aero-bridges, eight boarding gates, twenty check-in counters, eight X-ray baggage machines, four security counters, and two conveyor belts for luggage. Construction for a third aero-bridge is underway.[11][13]

Terminal building night view
Terminal inside view
Interior of New terminal
Raipur Airport Airside view from Terminal
Terminal Building view from Apron , Raipur Airport

Cargo terminal

The Common User Domestic Cargo Terminal (CUDCT) was inaugurated on 4 June 2016, fulfilling the long pending demand of the state to start air cargo operations. The AAI has converted the old terminal building into CUDCT to handle cargo operations. Ahmedabad based GSEC Limited has bagged the contract to operate and maintain the CUDCT for an initial period of five years.[14]

Airlines and Destinations

Air IndiaDelhi, Mumbai, Nagpur, Visakhapatnam
Alliance AirJagdalpur, Jharsuguda
IndiGo Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Indore, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram
Vistara Delhi


The airport is located 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) from Raipur Junction railway station and 17 kilometres (11 mi) from Bhatgaon ISBT Raipur. It is well connected by Raipur and Naya Raipur BRTS and cabs such as Ola and Uber. In addition, the Raipur Urban Public Transport Society operates direct air-conditioned city buses to the neighbouring cities of Bhilai and Durg, via Raipur.[15]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Swami Vivekananda Airport, Raipur -Brochure" (PDF). AAI. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Annexure III - Passenger Data" (PDF). www.aai.aero. Retrieved 19 May 2021.
  3. ^ "Annexure II - Aircraft Movement Data" (PDF). www.aai.aero. Retrieved 19 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Annexure IV - Freight Movement Data" (PDF). www.aai.aero. Retrieved 19 May 2021.
  5. ^ "Airport codes Raipur in Raipur, India (IN)". airportsbase.org. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Raipur - India". World Airport Codes. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Live Flight Tracker - Real-Time Flight Tracker Map". Flightradar24. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Airports Authority of India". www.aai.aero. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Renaming of Mana Airport at Raipur in Chhattisgarh as "Swami Vivekanand Airport, Raipur"". pib.nic.in. Archived from the original on 12 August 2017. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  10. ^ "AAI awards work for extension of Raipur Airport runway". The Pioneer. 14 January 2018. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  11. ^ a b "Airports Authority of India, Technical Information". www.aai.aero. Archived from the original on 16 February 2009. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  12. ^ Bagchi, Suvojit (8 November 2012). "Pranab hopes Raipur airport's new terminal will support Chhattisgarh's growth". The Hindu. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  13. ^ "Airports Authority of India, Passenger Information". www.aai.aero. Archived from the original on 16 February 2009. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  14. ^ "Cargo terminal inaugurated at Raipur airport". The Times of India. 4 June 2016. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  15. ^ "एयरपोर्ट से दुर्ग के लिए आठ एसी सिटी बसों को मिला परमिट". Nai Dunia (in Hindi). 8 January 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2017.

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