Biju Patnaik International Airport (IATA: BBI, ICAO: VEBS), also known as Bhubaneswar Airport, is situated in the city of Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. It is the sole international airport in the state. It is named after the former Chief Minister of Odisha, Biju Patnaik, who was also a famed aviator and freedom fighter. In 2012, Bhubaneswar was ranked the 19th busiest airport in India by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) registering a 19.9% traffic growth over the previous year. On 5 March 2013, a new terminal (T1) was inaugurated by Minister of Civil Aviation, Ajit Singh. The terminal caters to all domestic flights while the older terminal (T2) has been refurbished to support impending international operations. The Government of India accorded international status to the airport on 30 October 2013.
Biju Patnaik International Airport (BBI), Bhubaneswar, Odisha
The state-of-the-art terminal, inaugurated in March 2013, has a capacity of 4 million passengers per annum and was built at a cost of Rs 145 crore. The new terminal has been developed by the (AAI) as part of the upgrade of 35 non-metro airports across the country. 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, 16 check-in counters, 3 arrival luggage conveyors, a spa, and seating areas. It has many lounges like Pal Heights Spa Lounge, Mayfair Lounge and VIP Lounges apart from the Departure and Arrival Lounges. The terminal is environment friendly, built according to green building standards, with provision for rain water harvesting, sewage treatment plants, etc. The internal walls of the terminal are decorated with tribal motifs, designs, masks, and sculptures, giving travellers a glimpse of Odisha's rich culture. The new terminal also has food kiosks, gift shops, book shops, handloom, art galleries and handicraft kiosks. The terminal was built by Lanco Infratech (Octamec).
As of late 2013, the international terminal (T2) is upgraded and starting international operations by early 2014, connecting the city to South-East Asia and the Middle East. The new terminal (T1) will be used for domestic flights, while the international terminal (T2) is renovated to handle international operations. Currently four international carriers have shown interest to start operations to Bangkok, Dubai, Qatar and Singapore once the airport is ready to start international operations.
Biju Patnaik Airport was adjudged The Best Airport in India based on Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) for 2012-13. The Airport achieved the highest CSI for 2 years for providing user friendly services to passengers and other stakeholders. It shared the first prize with Jodhpur Airport.
Biju Patnaik Airport is situated around 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) south of the city center. It is connected by Bhubaneswar City Bus (Route 207 Nandankanan - Airport) and other luxury coach buses to the city. The Bhubaneswar railway station is 2 – 3 km far from the airport. The airport has a facility of prepaid taxis. A new road connecting airport to the Ekamra Marg has been constructed as a part of the modernisation program, reducing journey time.