Mrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1968 times:
Definitely one of the sweatest a/p I have landed... a beautiful landing, and the airport building is smaller than a four member family house... taking off and landing is not the easiest due to the limited runway... I will try to check whether I have pics and give a message if I find any and upload them
Alessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1957 times:
Mrniji, I would be grateful if you did. I saw that both Jet Airways and Indian Airlines fly to Port Blair from Chennai (both) and Kolkata (IA).
IA use A320 on the route and JA Boeings (didn´t stay which), I saw some pictures from a sportfishing magazine and I would like to spend next Xmas
there, but the price seem a bit too much at the moment...
Mrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1954 times:
I do my best but I am not sure whether I have pics from the airport there... I will check when I am back in FRA. You can also drop me a private email when you need info,
I took IC in 2000, still on the CD Boeing 732s... I had a visit India pass for 14 days $ 500 unlimited travel with IC... but even the ship is a cheap, but long alternative, The place itself is amazing, but get away from South Andaman asap!
B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1929 times:
I'd be very surprised if the runway was really 11000 ft. My memory of my last trip there about 10 years ago was a runway just under 6000 ft long. That is why both IC/9W schedule their flights as early morning arrivals/departures - anything warmer and the aircraft would not be able to make the 2 hour flight back to the mainland.
Regarding military activity, there is a naval base there but the only aircraft based at IXZ used to be Sea Harriers with VTOL capacity - so the runway length is sufficient for them.
As mrniji says, it is an absolutely tiny airport. No taxiways, no apron, nothing. Just a single strip leading from a sheer cliff to a hill. Aircraft turn around at the end of the runway and passengers offload/onload right there. There are no conveyors or similar for luggage. The guys put it into a truck and park by the terminal. You then root through the pile and figure out which is yours.
The approach to IXZ is indeed very spectacular as you are literally flying over open ocean and coral reefs until you hit the runway which is almost 100 feet above the sea level and comes at you out of nowhere.
I too have pictures of the Andamans, but not of the airport itself. Due to the naval base, photography there is highly prohibited (more so than at most Indian airports) so I didn't risk any photos.
The Andamans are truly paradise on earth and I would love to go back there sometime.
IndianFlyboy From India, joined Sep 2003, 294 posts, RR: 7 Reply 12, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1763 times:
Its a 6000 ft runway in Port Blair . The Harriers are not there anymore , the current a/c operating from there is the Do 228. The longest runway in India belongs to the Indian Navy which is in Arokanam, 90 km from Chennai. The unit INS Rajali operates the TU 142 bear.