Imphal International Airport[a] (IATA: IMF, ICAO: VEIM), formerly known as Tulihal International Airport[b] and officially renamed as Bir Tikendrajit International Airport,[c] is an international airport serving Imphal, the capital of Manipur, India, located 7 km south from the city centre. It is the second largest and the third-busiest airport in North-East India after Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati and Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport in Agartala.
Imphal International Airport
(Meitei: Imphal Malang Hithangpham)
|Owner||Government of Manipur|
|Operator||Airports Authority of India|
|Location||Tulihal, Imphal, Manipur, India|
|Elevation AMSL||774 m / 2,540 ft|
|Coordinates||24°45′36″N 093°53′48″E / 24.76000°N 93.89667°ECoordinates: 24°45′36″N 093°53′48″E / 24.76000°N 93.89667°E|
|Statistics (April 2021 - March 2022)|
In June 2019, Airports Authority of India (AAI) implemented ₹3,400 crore (US$430 million) projects for the upgradation of various airports in the northeastern region. ₹720 crore (US$90 million) will be spent for further upgradation of Imphal Airport. The project includes a ₹600 crore (US$75 million) integrated terminal building and airside infrastructure like new aircraft parking bays and link taxiways, a new Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower and a control and technical block.
The new terminal building will have an area of 28,125 sq.m. to handle 1,200 peak hour passengers (200 international & 1,000 domestic), an apron with 4 aerobridges and 8 parking bays for Airbus A321 type aircraft, 2 link taxiways, and an ATC tower.
Airlines and destinationsEdit
|Air India||Delhi, Dibrugarh, Dimapur, Guwahati, Kolkata|
|Air KBZ||Charter: Mandalay|
|AIX Connect||Delhi, Guwahati, Kolkata (ends 22 May 2023)|
|Alliance Air||Aizawl, Dimapur, Guwahati, Kolkata, Silchar|
|IndiGo||Agartala, Bangalore, Delhi, Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Shillong|
Accidents and incidentsEdit
- On 16 August 1991, Indian Airlines Flight 257 crashed while on approach to the airport, killing all 69 people on board.
A trilingual signboard in the airport displaying in Meitei (officially called Manipuri), Hindi and English
A Child Care Room in the Imphal International Airport with a signboard in Meitei, Hindi and English languages, showing official multilingualism in India
- ^ "Imphal International Airport" is the most common name but not the official name of the airport. It is called so because it is located in the Imphal city of Manipur.
- ^ "Tulihal International Airport" is named after "Ebudhou Tulihal", a Meitei guardian deity of the area where the airport is located.
- ^ "Bir Tikendrajit International Airport" is named after Bir Tikendrajit (Meitei name: Athouba Koirengsana), a Meitei prince of the Ningthouja dynasty of Manipur Kingdom.
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- ^ "Annexure IV - Freight Movement Data" (PDF). www.aai.aero. Retrieved 7 July 2022.
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- ^ "Three new flights connecting Assam, Arunachal, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram launched; check schedule". Times Now. 30 October 2022. Retrieved 30 October 2022.
- ^ "Alliance Air Schedule". Alliance Air.
- ^ "Alliance Air Flags Off Silchar–Imphal Flight Service: 30 Passengers To Reach Destination In 35 Mins". Barak Bulletin. 25 November 2022. Retrieved 26 November 2022.
- ^ "Regional carrier Flybig introduces Guwahati-Tezu-Imphal flight". Business Today. 27 September 2022. Retrieved 27 September 2022.
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