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Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Shamshabad:
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Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (IATA: HYD, ICAO: VOHS) (Telugu: రాజీవ్ గాంధీ అంతర్జాతీయ విమానాశ్రయము, Urdu: راجیو گاندھی بین الاقوامی ہوائی اڈےاڈے) also known as Hyderabad International Airport, is an international airport near Shamshabad, about 22 km (14 mi) south of downtown Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India.
The airport is named after former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi. It replaced the former international airport of the city, Begumpet Airport. Commercial flight operations began at 12:01 am on 23 March 2008. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is the second public-private partnership venture in the Indian airports, the first being the Cochin International Airport. For the financial year 2010-11, it was the sixth busiest airport in the country in terms of international and overall passenger traffic.
Hyderabad international airport has been named amongst the world's top five in the annual Airport Service Quality (ASQ) passenger survey along with the ones at Seoul, Singapore, Hong Kong and Beijing. In 2010, Hyderabad airport was ranked among the top airports of the world in the airport services quality (ASQ) by the global body, Airports Council International (ACI). It retained the number one position for the second year in a row among 49 airports handling 5-15 million passengers per annum (mppa).
It serves as a hub for SpiceJet (future) and Lufthansa Cargo and also a focus city for Air India, Jet Airways, and Kingfisher Airlines.
This airport opened on 23 March 2008, replacing Hyderabad's old Begumpet airport VOHY (which is still open for military and some private aviation), and taking over the HYD IATA identifier.
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