Imphal Airport

Imphal International Airport[a] (IATA: IMF, ICAO: VEIM), formerly known as Tulihal International Airport[b] and officially renamed as Bir Tikendrajit International Airport,[c][4][5] 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)
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Airport typePublic
OwnerGovernment of Manipur
OperatorAirports Authority of India
LocationTulihal, Imphal, Manipur, India
Elevation AMSL774 m / 2,540 ft
Coordinates24°45′36″N 093°53′48″E / 24.76000°N 93.89667°E / 24.76000; 93.89667Coordinates: 24°45′36″N 093°53′48″E / 24.76000°N 93.89667°E / 24.76000; 93.89667
WebsiteImphal Airport
IMF is located in Manipur
Location of airport in Manipur
IMF is located in India
IMF (India)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 2,746 9,009 Asphalt
Statistics (April 2021 - March 2022)
Passengers8,14,913 (Increase 65.4%)
Aircraft movement8,811 (Increase 55.1%)
Cargo tonnage7,195 (Increase 48.7%)
Source: AAI[1][2][3]


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.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

Air IndiaDelhi, Dibrugarh,[9] Dimapur, Guwahati, Kolkata
Air KBZCharter: Mandalay
AIX ConnectDelhi, Guwahati, Kolkata (ends 22 May 2023)
Alliance Air Aizawl,[10] Dimapur, Guwahati,[11] Kolkata, Silchar[12]
FlyBigGuwahati, Tezu[13]
IndiGoAgartala, Bangalore, Delhi,[14] Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Shillong[15]


Annual passenger traffic at IMF airport. See Wikidata query.

Accidents and incidentsEdit


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ "Tulihal International Airport" is named after "Ebudhou Tulihal", a Meitei guardian deity of the area where the airport is located.
  3. ^ "Bir Tikendrajit International Airport" is named after Bir Tikendrajit (Meitei name: Athouba Koirengsana), a Meitei prince of the Ningthouja dynasty of Manipur Kingdom.


  1. ^ "Annexure III - Passenger Data" (PDF). Retrieved 7 July 2022.
  2. ^ "Annexure II - Aircraft Movement Data" (PDF). Retrieved 7 July 2022.
  3. ^ "Annexure IV - Freight Movement Data" (PDF). Retrieved 7 July 2022.
  4. ^ "Renaming of Imphal Int'l Airport evokes reactions; orgs. demand revocation of resolution - Eastern Mirror". 30 August 2019. Retrieved 29 August 2022.
  5. ^ "Bir Tikendrajit International Airport Opposition raised against new name". Retrieved 29 August 2022.
  6. ^ "Agartala airport to be 3rd international airport in northeast". Economic Times. 18 June 2019. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Kitco to set up new terminal building at Imphal airport". The Hindu. 19 March 2019. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  8. ^ "4 Bidders for Imphal Airport's New Terminal Contract". The Metro Rail Guy. 22 April 2022. Retrieved 23 April 2022.
  9. ^ "Air India domestic service increases from August 2022". Aeroroutes. Retrieved 3 September 2022.
  10. ^ "Three new flights connecting Assam, Arunachal, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram launched; check schedule". Times Now. 30 October 2022. Retrieved 30 October 2022.
  11. ^ "Alliance Air Schedule". Alliance Air.
  12. ^ "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.
  13. ^ "Regional carrier Flybig introduces Guwahati-Tezu-Imphal flight". Business Today. 27 September 2022. Retrieved 27 September 2022.
  14. ^ "New Flights Information, Status & Schedule | IndiGo".
  15. ^ "Shillong Airport new flights schedule". Twitter. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  16. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 737-2A8 Advanced VT-EFL Imphal Municipal Airport (IMF)". Retrieved 19 July 2019.

  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

External linksEdit

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