Bagdogra Airport

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Bagdogra Airport
Civil Aerodrome Bagdogra

বাগডোগরা বিমানবন্দর
Bagdogra International Airport.jpg
Airside of Bagdogra Airport
IATA: IXBICAO: VEBD
IXB is located in West Bengal
IXB
IXB
Location of airport in West Bengal
Summary
Airport type Military/Public
Operator Airports Authority of India / Indian Armed Forces
Location Siliguri, West Bengal, India
Elevation AMSL 412 ft / 126 m
Coordinates 26°40′52″N 088°19′43″E / 26.68111°N 88.32861°E / 26.68111; 88.32861
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18/36 9,035 2,754 Concrete/Asphalt
Statistics (Apr '13 - Mar '14)
Passenger movements 7,21,365
Aircraft movements 8,332
Cargo tonnage 1,795
Source: AAI[1][2][3]

Bagdogra Airport, (IATA: IXBICAO: VEBD) is located in the town of Bagdogra, about 16 km (9.9 mi) West of the city of Siliguri in the Darjeeling district in northern West Bengal, India. It is operated as a civil enclave at AFS Bagdogra of the Indian Air Force (IAF). It is the gateway airport to the hill station towns of Darjeeling, Kurseong, Mirik, and Kalimpong and the state of Sikkim, and sees thousands of tourists annually. Permits for Foreign tourists intending to journey to Sikkim are issued at this airport. The airport is a major stop in the region with flights connecting Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Guwahati.[4] Air traffic at Bagdogra grew by around 8 percent in 2013. The airport also has regular helicopter flights to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. The central government of India conferred customs airport status to the airport in 2002.[5]

The airbase is home to the IAF No. 20 Wing, as also to the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (Mig-21) FL fighter aircraft of the No. 8 Squadron and a Helicopter Unit. Along with the airbase at Hasimara, it is responsible for combat air operations over a large area including North Bengal, Sikkim, and if needed, Bhutan. The base caters to all military air traffic for the Indian Army's XXXIII Corps based nearby in Sukna.

The state government had handed over 14.5 acres (59,000 m2) of land to the civil aviation ministry for developing infrastructure for night landing in 2010. AAI also expanded the apron at the same time, enabling the parking of 5 Airbus A-321 aircraft simultaneously.[4] The IAF, which maintains the ATC and runway, gave permission for night landings by civilian aircraft allowing flights past 6 pm in 2013. [6]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air India Delhi, Kolkata
Druk Air Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Thimphu/Paro
GoAir Bangalore, Delhi, Guwahati, Kolkata
IndiGo Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Guwahati, Kolkata
Jet Airways Delhi, Mumbai
JetKonnect Kolkata
SpiceJet Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Kolkata
SpiceJet Kathmandu(begins 13 August 2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.aai.aero/traffic_news/mar2k14annex3.pdf
  2. ^ http://www.aai.aero/traffic_news/mar2k14annex2.pdf
  3. ^ http://www.aai.aero/traffic_news/mar2k14annex4.pdf
  4. ^ a b "Night-landing facility at Bagdogra soon". The Times of India. 16 January 2010. Retrieved 16 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "International status to Bagdogra airport hailed". The Times of India. 2 October 2002. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "IAF nod for Bagdogra night landing". The Telegraph. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 

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