Visakhapatnam is a dual-use airport where civil and military flying from INS Dega is undertaken concurrently. After deliberations and concurrence of all airline operators and Visakhapatnam airport director, Eastern Naval Command officials decided to announce dedicated time slots for exclusive military flying have been proposed from 3 pm to 5 pm, and 7 pm to 9 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The time slots have been arrived at taking into account the frequency of civil flights movement to ensure least disturbance. Out of the 40 civil flights daily, on an average only six to eight civil flights operate between 9.30 am to 12.30 pm. A final decision on the proposed dedicated military slots will only be taken post discussions with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and airline operators at the Integrated Headquarters of ministry of defence (Navy) in New Delhi.
ENC intended to synergize civil and military flying, enhance safety on a unidirectional runway and minimize delays in arrival and departure of civil flights. The proposal will not restrict or reduce the number of civil flights operating from Visakhapatnam. Operations of air ambulance flights, aircraft in emergency and VIP flights would continue to be accorded priority at all times over both civil and military flying.