The Varanasi Airport, which is known as Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport is at Babatpur, approximately 18 km northwest of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. The airport was renamed as the Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport in October 2005 and was granted the status of International airport on 4th October 2012. Varanasi is also called as Banaras (Benares) and Kashi.
There are two terminals at the Varanasi Airport each for domestic as well as international passengers within the same premise. Shops selling silk and handicrafts, books and magazines are available even though duty free shopping is not available at the Varanasi Airport.
A cargo terminal is also available and is located around ½ km away from the premises of the Varanasi Airport. Varanasi Airport provides a variety of facilities including free of charge baggage handling facility to senior citizens as well as wheel chair for the physically challenged.
Varanasi is an important religious tourism destination in India and is well connected by major flight operators. The city is 113 km from the major city of Uttar Pradesh, Allahabad, which has another International airport – Allahabad Airport. The city of Varanasi is very popular for its temples and is thronged by large number of tourists who come here to take a dip in the holy Ganges River.