Agatti Aerodrome is the sole airstrip in the archipelago on the southern end of Agatti Island, a small 7km long island in the union territory of Lakshadweep. It serves as your gateway to the west coast of India which was formerly known as the Laccadive, Minicoy, and Aminidivi Islands. With land area of 18.56 hectares, Agatti Aerodrome only has one asphalt runway oriented 04/22 and about 1,204 metres long and 30 metres wide. The aerodrome is equipped with navigational aids such as a Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) and Non-directional Beacon (NDM). The Agatti Aerodrome is being served by airlines such as Air India and Alliance Air, which flies to Kochi in the state of Kerala, India. Kingfisher Airlines also operates at the airport, as well as the Pawan Hans Helicopter.
Constructed during 1987-1988 for the operation of Dornier 228 type of aircraft, Agatti Aerodrome was inaugurated on April 16, 1988 with the terminal initially housed in a small temporary structure. Developments such as the construction of the terminal building, air traffic control tower, and other related structures occurred only in 2006, with the exception of the construction of terminal building which was halted to give way for the proposed extension of runway & basic strip. The resurfacing of the runway was completed in November 2010. Agatti Aerodrome is also near the Cochin Garuda Airport, located 245 nautical miles, and the Cochin International Airport, located 253 nautical miles.
Agatti Aerodrome only has one domestic terminal with two gates, which measures 566 square metres. Passengers departing from the aerodrome will have to enter on the first gate. Meanwhile, the X-Ray Baggage Facility is located on the second gate of the same terminal, which was provided by the Airports Authority of India (AAI). There is only one check in counter and one security check at the terminal. Due to the constraints of the terminal, it can only handle 25 passengers in its arrival area and 25 passengers in the departure area. During peak hours, its terminal building can handle 50 passengers.
Interestingly, if you feel like taking a short walk to the shoreline, you can do so, as the aerodrome is a short walking distance to the fine sand and hush waves of the island.
Services and Facilities
Agatti Aerodrome also has a number of facilities which travellers can utilise while waiting for their next flight out. For handicapped travellers, a wheel chair is available upon request at no charge. You can approach any of the aerodrome personnel to personally ask for it. A medical facility is also housed in the aerodrome to meet your medical needs that may arise during your stay in the aerodrome. Agatti Aerodrome also has an ample parking space available, which is near the runway. Agatti Aerodrome also provides transport options to Bangaram Island Tourist Resort, an international tourist destination located 12km from the aerodrome. Before your arrival in the aerodrome, you have to make necessary calls to ensure your hassle-free transport. Interestingly, rickshaws are also available in the aerodrome.
Interestingly, there are facilities available for aircraft emergencies, such as the Airport Fire Station, which is located within the vicinity.