In view of surge in Covid-19 cases, the State government has imposed severe curbs at Gannavaram Airport from Tuesday.
The Customs officials, who deal with gold seizures at the Vijayawada Airport, said a majority of passengers caught smuggling gold were carriers recruited by operators in Gulf countries.
Expressing satisfaction over the progress of the project, Venkateswaralu said Prime Minister Narendra Modi may inaugurate the new terminal building on August 15, 2022.
Official sources said pilot error caused the mishap in which the Boeing aircraft suffered a minor damage on its right wing after it hit an electric pole while taxiing on the runway.
However, none was injured. Airport Director G Madhusudana Rao told TNIE that the DGCA team will conduct inspections for the next two days at the terminal.
Three men were arrested at the Vijayawada airport on Wednesday for smuggling gold worth `82 lakh into the country.
The remaining amount will be utilised for reconstruction of RWS water tank, reimbursement of rental payment for 55 displaced houses and other purposes.