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Biju Patnaik Airport

Biju Patnaik Airport (IATA: BBI, ICAO: VEBS), also known as the Bhubaneswar Airport, is the primary airport serving Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha. It is situated around 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) south-west from Bhubaneswar railway station and 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) away from the city center.[4] Named after the former chief minister of Odisha, Biju Patnaik, a famed aviator and freedom fighter, it is the 15th busiest airport in India & 11th busiest among the airports maintained by Airports Authority of India, registering a 27.9% growth in traffic over the previous year.

Biju Patnaik International Airport
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Summary
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorAirports Authority of India
ServesBhubaneswar
LocationBhubaneswar, Odisha, India
Opened17 April 1962
Time zoneIST (UTC+05:30)
Elevation AMSL42 m / 138 ft
Coordinates20°14′40″N 085°49′04″E / 20.24444°N 85.81778°E / 20.24444; 85.81778Coordinates: 20°14′40″N 085°49′04″E / 20.24444°N 85.81778°E / 20.24444; 85.81778
WebsiteBiju Patnaik Airport
Map
BBI is located in Odisha
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BBI is located in India
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Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 1,379 4,525 Asphalt
14/32 2,743 9,000 Asphalt
Statistics (April 2018 – March 2019)
Passengers4,158,731 (Increase27.9%)
Aircraft Movements30,390 (Increase31.2%)
Cargo Tonnage7,843 (Decrease4.8%)
Source: AAI[1][2][3]

HistoryEdit

The airport was dedicated to the people of Odisha on 17 April 1962, becoming the first ever commercial airport of state. The airport boasts two active scheduled passenger terminals i.e. Terminals 1 and 2 for domestic and international passengers respectively. Former Minister of Civil Aviation, Ajit Singh, on 5 March 2013, inaugurated Terminal 1 which caters domestic passengers whereas, the Terminal 2 was then refurbished to handle international operations.[5] The Government of India accorded international status to the airport on 30 October 2013.[6]

TerminalsEdit

Biju Patnaik International Airport serves as one of the major civil aviation hubs in Eastern India. The airport boasts two active scheduled passenger terminals i.e. Terminals 1 and 2 for domestic and international passengers respectively.

Terminal 1Edit

 
Traditional Masks at Terminal 1
 
Terminal 1 Interior
 
Waiting Lounge (T1)

Inaugurated in March 2013, the terminal has a capacity of 4 million passengers per annum and was built at a cost of 1.45 billion.[5][7] The new terminal has been developed by the AAI as part of the upgrade of 35 non-metro airports across the country.[8] Terminal T1, a two-storied building with a total area of 18,240 square metres (196,300 sq ft), consists of 2 aerobridges, 4 elevators, several escalators, 18 check-in counters, 3 arrival luggage conveyors, a spa, and multiple seating areas. Apart from the Departure and Arrival Lounges, T1 terminal also has several other lounges, including VIP Lounges, Pal Heights Spa Lounge, Dakota Lounge and Mayfair Lounge.[5][9] The terminal is environment-friendly, built according to green building standards, with sewage treatment plants and provision for rain water harvesting. The internal walls of the terminal are decorated with tribal motifs, designs, masks, and sculptures derived from Odisha's culture.[10] The new terminal also has food kiosks, gift shops, bookstores, art galleries and handloom/handicraft kiosks.[11] The terminal was built by Lanco Infratech (Octamec).[12]

Terminal 2Edit

 
Terminal 2 Airside

Terminal 2 handles international operations to and from the Biju Patnaik International Airport. It was built in the mid 1960s to cater domestic flights. The terminal being built over an area of 5,178 square metres (55,740 sq ft), consists of 6 check-in counters, 10 immigration counters, 4 customs counters, numerous amenities and multiple seating areas.[13] A link building connecting Terminal 1 and 2 is being constructed with a budget of 872 million. It will be mostly used for international arrivals.[14]

Terminal 3Edit

Terminal 3, is a proposed passenger terminal, to be set up at a cost of 9.3 billion with a total area of 58,000 square metres (620,000 sq ft).[15] The terminal would handle 8 million passengers per annum, expanding Biju Patnaik International Airport's capacity to 11.5 million from 3.5 million passengers per annum. The construction work for the terminal is poised to begin in July 2019, with a given construction duration of three years.[16] This terminal, once completed would handle domestic passengers, and the existing terminals 1 and 2 would then cater international passengers.[17]

Coast Guard Air EnclaveEdit

The Coast Guard Air Enclave along with the 743 Dornier Squadron was commissioned by former Vice-Admiral Anurag G Thapliyal, Director General of the Indian Coast Guard in Biju Patnaik International Airport on 15 December 2014.[18] The units operate under the operational and administrative control of the Commander of the Coast Guard Region (North East) through the Commander, Coast Guard District No 7 (Odisha). Several strategic air operations are streamlined and synergized for the protection of the sea areas off the Coastal Odisha.[19]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

IncidentsEdit

  • On 22 December 2007, while Surya Kiran, Indian Air Force's aerobatics demonstration team, was undergoing training exercise, one of its four HAL HJT-16 Kiran jets, after refueling and takeoff, caught fire and crash landed on the runway of Biju Patnaik Airport. The pilot was safely rescued with minor injuries and the exercise was immediately called off after the mishap.[27]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-III" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 4. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-II" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 May 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-IV" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 May 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Bhubaneswar Airport". Airport Economic Regulatory Authority. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  5. ^ a b c "New terminal at Bhubaneswar airport starts operations". Business Standard. 14 March 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Centre accords international tag to Bhubaneswar airport". The Times of India. 31 October 2013.
  7. ^ Singha, Minati (5 March 2013). "International airport to take off by June". Times of India. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  8. ^ Barik, Bibhuti (8 August 2011). "March date for swanky airport". The Telegraph. Calcutta, India. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  9. ^ Barik, Bibhuti (24 June 2011). "Airport work speeds up — Capital set for take-off in style". The Telegraph. Calcutta, India. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  10. ^ "New terminal at Bhubaneswar airport thrown open". Times of India. 6 March 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  11. ^ Ramanath V, Riyan (5 February 2013). "Plans to provide spa facilities at airport". Times of India. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  12. ^ "Lanco Infratech bags Rs 92 cr order from AAI". Business Standard. 4 June 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
  13. ^ "Bhubaneswar - Technical Information". Airports Authority of India. 22 August 2016. Archived from the original on 7 June 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  14. ^ "Bhubaneswar airport to get new terminal soon". 23 February 2019. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  15. ^ "AAI sets the ball rolling for new airport terminal". 30 October 2018. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  16. ^ "Biju Patnaik International Airport Poised To Get Third Terminal". 3 December 2018. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  17. ^ "Centre To Expand Biju Patnaik International Airport At Cost Of 930 Crore". 4 December 2018. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  18. ^ "Coast Guard's new air enclave inaugurated in Bhubaneswar". 15 December 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  19. ^ "Commissioning of Coast Guard Air Enclave Bhubaneswar & 743 Squadron (CG)". 15 December 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  20. ^ "Airport Movement Report" (PDF). Directorate General of Civil Aviation (India). Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  21. ^ "Foreign Carriers" (PDF). Directorate General of Civil Aviation (India). Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  22. ^ "Alliance Air›Where we fly". Air India. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  23. ^ "Airport Movement Report" (PDF). Directorate General of Civil Aviation (India). Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  24. ^ "New Flights of IndiGo". IndiGo. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  25. ^ "Airport Movement Report" (PDF). Directorate General of Civil Aviation (India). Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  26. ^ "Airport Movement Report" (PDF). Directorate General of Civil Aviation (India). Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  27. ^ "IAF aircraft crash landed at Bhubaneswar airport". Retrieved 3 January 2019.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Biju Patnaik International Airport at Wikimedia Commons