Begumpet Airport Facts
Begumpet Airport at Hyderabad, also known as Hyderabad Old Airport, is a civil enclave located in Begumpet. The airport is home to the Andhra Pradesh Aviation Academy, Rajiv Gandhi Aviation Academy and the Begumpet Air Force Station of the Indian Air Force. The Navigation Training School of the Training Command, Indian Air Force, formerly known as the Navigation and Signals School (N&SS), is based here. Begumpet used to be International and Domestic airport of Hyderabad as well as the only international airport in Andhra Pradesh, until the opening of the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport on the 23rd March 2008 after which Begumpet ceased all commercial civil operations.
The last commercial flight to take off was Thai Airways International flight TG 330 to Bangkok on 22 March 2008. Begumpet is now used for military aviation training and for flights carrying VIPs. The Leftist political parties have made strong representations to the civil aviation ministry to allow Begumpet airport to continue to be used for low cost civil aviation. The Civil Aviation Ministry has put the proposal of starting an ATC training centre in the Begumpet Airport.