Babatpur Airport or Varanasi Airport is a community airport and is located at a distance of around 18 km towards the northwest region of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh of India. This airport was previously renamed as “Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport” during the year of 2005.
Destinations and airlines
- Jet Airways (Kolkata, Delhi)
- Indian Airlines (Mumbai, Lucknow, Khajuraho, Delhi)
- Spice Jet (Mumbai, Delhi)
- King fisher ( Kolkata, Delhi)
- Thai Airways International (Bangkok to Suvarnabhumi)
- Mihin Lanka (Colombo and begins at eighth august)
- Indian Airlines (Kathmandu)
This airport is located at the distance of twenty five kilometer from the center of city and it takes around forty five minutes to reach this place on a taxi. Regular flights operate from and to Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi and Chennai.
You can hire own car for having a private transfer to any hotel from Varanasi Airport. The types of vehicles are large coaches, Mini van, AC Toyota, Innova or similar car and AC mini Coach. However, pre paid taxi transport mode is the most popular and can be hired at any time. Special bus services have been also offered which run between different terminals and also carry out pick up and drop service from deluxe hotels. Auto rickshaw is other most popular and cheaper transport means.
The cities that fall at the distance of merely twenty six miles from Varanasi Airport are Baragaon, Gyanpur, Jaunpur, Mariahu, Mughal Sarai, Zafarabad and Bhadohi. If you are a tourist and are traveling India for the first time, it will be better to carry a map in order to avoid any incongruity.
The different facilities provided at this airport are Telephone booths, traveler information center, car rental facilities, magazines and books, handicrafts, airport restaurant, snacks bar and many more. Wheelchair and luggage trolleys are also supplied absolutely free. Ample parking space is also provided for national visitors; it can accommodate around 150 cars along with ten buses.
For providing a comfortable and relaxed accommodation to local as well as foreign tourists, various high standard hotels as well as low budget hotels are situated nearby the airport such as Meraden Grand Hotel, Radisson Hotel, Hindustan International Hotel, Pallavi International hotel, Palace on Ganges Hotel, MM continental hotel, Siddhartha hotel, Pradeep hotel, Clarks hotel and many more. Some of these hotels also offer special services for receiving tourists on the airport with advance booking.