The defence ministry has approved the extension of operational hours atVizag airport from 11 pm to 11.55 pm with effect from Saturday. This has been approved only for three days a week- Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, to accommodate proposed international and late night flights.
The extension orders would be valid till March 2013.
All efforts are being made to rope in Lankan airlines as well as other international airlines willing to connect Vizag to countries which are close to the region. The members of VATA believe that the extension would be used to accommodate international flights from and to Visakhapatnam.