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Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport

Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi Airport (IATA: GAU, ICAO: VEGT), also known as Guwahati Airport and formerly as 'Borjhar Airport', is the primary airport of the North-Eastern States of India.It is the 8th busiest airport in India. It is located at Borjhar, 26 km (16 mi) from Dispur, the capital city of the state of Assam and 28 km (18 mi) from Guwahati and is named after Late Gopinath Bordoloi, a freedom fighter and the first Chief Minister of Assam after India's independence. The airport is managed by Airports Authority of India and also serves as an Indian Air Force base.

Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi Airport
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Summary
Airport typeCivil Enclave
OwnerGovernment of Assam
OperatorAirports Authority of India
ServesGuwahati
LocationBorjhar
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL49 m / 162 ft
Coordinates26°06′22″N 091°35′09″E / 26.10611°N 91.58583°E / 26.10611; 91.58583Coordinates: 26°06′22″N 091°35′09″E / 26.10611°N 91.58583°E / 26.10611; 91.58583
Websitewww.aai.aero/en/airports/guwahati
Map
GAU is located in Assam
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GAU is located in India
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Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02/20 3,110 10,200 Asphalt
Statistics (April 2018 – March 2019)
Passengers5,745,628 (Increase23.1%)
Aircraft movements55,066(Increase25.4%)
Cargo tonnage23,856(Increase29.3%)
Source: AAI[1][2][3]

HistoryEdit

The airport has undergone numerous expansions and renovations since its establishment in 1958. It handled more than 3.7 million passengers in 2017, an increase of 36% from 2016. The LGBI Airport has witnessed annual traffic of over 23% in 2018–19 with a total footfall of 5.7 million passenger and 55,066 aircraft movements in the same period. The existing terminal building at the airport has maximum handling capacity of 850 arrival/departure passengers an hour.[4]

International flightsEdit

In January 2019, Guwahati won bids for two international destinations under the UDAN scheme, destinations being most anticipated Dhaka and Bangkok-Don Mueang. The Guwahati-Dhaka flights, operated by SpiceJet, started it's commercial operation on 1 July 2019 but the services was suspended within three months of its launch due to lack of commercial viability.[5] In September 2019, Nok Air started flights to Bangkok-Don Mueang.[6] Currently, Druk Air also operates flight from Paro to Singapore via Guwahati.

PrivatisationEdit

In February 2019, the Airport has been privatised and given on lease for 50 years to Adani Group at highest bid of Rs. 160 per passenger.[7]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

Ground TransportationEdit

BusesEdit

The Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) also operates the Volvo air-conditioned bus services to the LGBI airport from Paltan Bazar, near Guwahati Railway Station and the Rupnath Brahma Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT). From the ISBT one can find buses to other cities of the north-eastern region. There is also a new Volvo bus service by the company Chartered Bus for Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh and Shillong in Meghalaya on a regular basis directly from the airport premises.

CarsEdit

The main access route is through the VIP Chowk on the Goalpara-Guwahati Road. An alternate route was added through Dharapur which joins the main access route near the AAI Regional office.

Ride aggregator services Uber and Ola provide rides from the airport to various parts of the city. One can also book cabs to Shillong from these services. Apart from these numerous private taxi operators provide pre-paid and post-paid taxi services to the city.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-III" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 3. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-II" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 3. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-IV" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 3. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  4. ^ Bikash Singh (22 September 2019). "Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal flags off Guwahati-Bangkok flight". Economic Times.
  5. ^ Manoj Anand (30 September 2019). "Guwahati to Dhaka direct flight service put on hold indefinitely". The Asian Age.
  6. ^ "Nok Air Introduces Guwahati-Bangkok Flight Service". News18. 25 September 2019.
  7. ^ "Adani Group emerges highest bidder for Guwahati airport". Economic Times. 26 February 2019.
  8. ^ PTI (8 April 2018). "AirAsia India adds 18th plane, to expand services from Kolkata". Moneycontrol.com. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  9. ^ India, Press Trust of (13 August 2019). "Nok Air to start Guwahati to Bangkok flight service". Business Standard India. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  10. ^ "With Beak, Eyes & Colourful Wings, Thailand's Nok Air to Now Ferry Passengers from Guwahati to Bangkok". News18. 22 September 2019. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  11. ^ "SpiceJet flight schedules". www.spicejet.com.
  12. ^ "SpiceJet To Start Flights From Guwahati To Bangladesh's Dhaka From July 1". NDTV. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  13. ^ "Vistara (UK) Flight Schedules | Check Domestic Flight Status Online". www.airvistara.com.
  14. ^ "SG(GAU-HKG) Cargo".

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