Lal Bahadur Shastri International (Varanasi Airport) VEBN

Varanasi Airport

Lal Bahadur Shastri International (Varanasi Airport) is located 26km from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, India. It is formerly known as Varanasi Airport before the name-change in 2005. 

City: Varanasi  Country:  India
ICAO: VEBN IATA:  VNS 
Ground frequency: 120.75 & 132.4 MHZ  Latitude/longitude: 252705N 0825131E
Elevation: 266 FT Mar Var: 0.50°W (1985)
Time zone: + 5.30 UTC  AOE: Yes 
Tower frequency: 118.1 MHZ  Airport type: AAI controlled
PPR: Yes Airport slots: Yes

Languages spoken at Varanasi Airport: Hindi and English

Navaid available: NDB, DME (VOR), DVOR 24 HOURS / LLZ27, GP 27, DME (ILS)… ATS

Airport operating hours: 0300 – 1530 UTC

Lead time for landing approvals

Operating from Non-PRC: Technical Landing: 1 working day. Load change: 3 working days
Operating from PRC: Technical Landing: 3 working days. Load change: 7 working days

On the Ground

PCN: 68/F/C/W/T Tarmacadam

Runway length: 2745 X 45 M

Types of aircraft handled: A320, A321, B767

Fire category: CAT 7

FBO: There is no FBO at Varanasi Airport

ATC hours: 24 hours

Operating restrictions: Slot approval is required from VEBN APD office

Fuel type: Jet A1

Ramp facilities: GH equipment, transport, and first aid/emergency services are available.

Maintainance and hangars: These are limited and only available through a commercial airliner.

Catering: Options are extremely limited. It’s advised to organise catering through a local hotel.

Passenger facilities: There is no GA terminal. An agent is required to provide baggage assistance and assist guests with security clearance.

Parking facilities: Due to limited parking, pre-approval from APD office is required for all flight operations. The aircraft should carry a tow bar on board.

Crew facilities: There is no GA terminal. Like for passengers, an agent is required to provide baggage assistance and guide crew through security and ATC clearance.

Airport security: CCTV and CISF.

Customs and Immigration

Customs and Immigration are available at Varanasi Airport.

Crew: Crew should have visas prior to arrival at VEBN. Temporary visas on arrival on the discretion of the Immigration officer and can be cconsideredonly after due verification of travel documents and trip purpose.

Passengers: All passengers require a valid passport and Indian visa.

Customs: Please visit – http://www.cbec.gov.in/resources//htdocs-cbec/guide_for_travellers/trvler-guide_ason05feb2015.pdf

Alternatives to Varanasi Airport: VILK, VEPT, VECC

Contact Numbers:

Emergency: (0542)2622081-090

Police: 100, (0542) 2414150, 2419483

Fire: +91 (0542)2622081-090 , (0542)2622081-090

Customs terminal manager: +91-542-2623060

Airport authority: +91 (0542) 2622155 , 2622320 , 9415223071

ATC tower: +91 (0542) 2622091

NOTAMs: Coordinate with VEBN ATC prior to flight operation

Driving distance: The city is approximately 22km from the airport (About 50 minutes driving time).

Security: Guests are advised to follow their planned schedule with a pre-appointed guide, use hotel transport, and avoid night travel, strangers, and wearing expensive items.

Tourist Information 

Weather:

Varanasi has a humid subtropical climate with temperatures varying widely between summer and winter. Summer lasts from early April to October with temperatures ranging from 32°C to 45°C. Heavy rain and humidity characterise the monsoon season between June and July. During winter (December-March), the weather in Varanasi can get extremely cold, with temperatures as low as 5°C at night time. It’s worth noting that the continuing humidity can produce a lot of fog during these months.

Tourist attractions:

Religious edifices:

  • New Vishwanath Temple
  • Kathwala Temple
  • Kashi Vishwanath Temple
  • Monkey Temple

Popular river banks:

  • Daswamedh Ghat
  • Assi Ghat
  • Shivala Ghat
  • Tulsi Ghat
  • Darbhanga Ghat
  • Ahilyabai Ghat
  • Causatthi Ghat

Historical sites:

  • Gyan Wapi Well
  • Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum
  • Ramnagar Fort

Accommodation close to Varanasi Airport:

  • Hotel Ramada Plaza
  • Hotel Taj Nadesar Palace
  • Hotel Rivatas by Ideal
  • Hotel Radisson
  • Hotel Clarks

Note: This list is for informational purposes only and based on proximity. UAS does not promote any specific establishments.

Dining: Authentic local dishes and a broad range of international cuisine are available in hotels.

For assistance with your operation to Varanasi Airport, or another location in India, contact  india@uas.aero