Tiruchirapalli Airport or Trichy Airport (IATA: TRZ, ICAO: VOTR) is a major airport mostly serving Tiruchirapalli and adjacent districts in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. The airport, located on the NH 210 Tiruchirapalli-Rameswaram highway, is 5 km (3.1 mi) south of the city centre. The airport serves domestic and international destinations.
Tiruchirapalli Airport is on Rs 150 crore expansion mode since 2004. The runway was expanded from 6,000 ft (1,829 m) to 8,136 ft (2,480 m). The apron was expanded to hold 10 aircraft and new taxiway was constructed at cost of Rs 40 cr. The new integrated terminal building with world class features is being constructed at cost of Rs 75 crs. The existing terminal building is also being upgraded. The new terminal building is expected to be operational from October 2008.
The airport built by British during World War II,was mainly used by the British airforce during the war.The airport was given permission for civilian operations after the war,though the actual passenger traffic started in early 1980s. Air Lanka started its operations in 1981 with a weekly flight to Colombo and subsequently increasing its operations to 11 flights a week. Indian Airlines started its operations to Chennai and mid-east countries in mid 1990s. The airport now handles flights to various destinations including Sharjah, Colombo, Singapore, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Thiruvananthapuram and Chennai.