Biju Patnaik International Airport
|Biju Patnaik International Airport
ବିଜୁ ପଟ୍ଟନାୟକ ଅନ୍ତର୍ଜାତୀୟ ବିମାନ ବନ୍ଦର
|IATA: BBI – ICAO: VEBS|
|Owner/Operator||Airports Authority of India|
|Location||Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India|
|Opened||17 April 1998|
|Elevation AMSL||138 ft / 42 m|
|Website||Biju Patnaik International Airport|
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. As of 2013, Bhubaneswar was ranked the 17th busiest airport in India by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) registering a 1.82% 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.
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, Dakota 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 2014, the airport is planned to start international operations after the 2014 Indian General Elections, connecting the city to Southeast Asia and the Middle East. The Terminal T1 is being used for domestic flights, while the international terminal (T2) is renovated and ready to handle international operations. Biju Patnaik International Airport received its first international charter jet from Spain carrying 12 Spanish members on 3 May 2014. Biju Patnaik International Airport received its second international charter jet from Luton Airport, London carrying 19 passengers on 28 May 2014. Biju Patnaik International Airport received its third international charter jet from Toronto Pearson International Airport, Toronto carrying 5 passengers on 4 December 2014.
Airlines and destinations
|Air India||Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai|
|Air India Regional||Port Blair|
|GoAir||Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata|
|IndiGo||Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Visakhapatnam|
Non Scheduled Airlines
|Air Odisha||Angul, Jeypore, Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Sambalpur|
|GATI Aviation||Sambalpur, Gopalpur|
|JAC Air||Jamshedpur, Kolkata|
The fixed base operators at the airport include:
- Dakota Food Court & Lounge by Hotel Crown
- Canara Airport Cafeteria
- Mayfair Hotels & Resorts
- National Aviation Company of India Ltd. (NACIL)
- Pal Heights
- Airports Authority of India awarded Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar as AAI's Best Airport in India jointly with Trivandrum International Airport in Thiruvananthapuram for the period of January–July 2012.
- Biju Patnaik International 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 International Airport was ranked The Best Airport of India for the second time in the period from January–June 2013 by Airports Authority of India based on the Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI). Biju Patnaik Airport in Bhubaneswar shared the award with Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport in Varanasi.
- Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar was awarded CSR Kalinga Safety Award at Odisha State Safety Conclave 2014, on September 26, 2014.
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.
Incidents and accidents
- On 22 December 2007, an Indian Air Force plane from the Surya Kiran team crash landed on the runway of Biju Patnaik International Airport. One passenger caught fire while three others were safely taken out.
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- "New terminal at Bhubaneswar airport starts operations". Business Standard. 14 March 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
- "Centre accords international tag to Bhubaneswar airport". The Times of India. 31 October 2013.
- Singha, Minati (5 March 2013). "International airport to take off by June". Times of India. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
- Barik, Bibhuti (8 August 2011). "March date for swanky airport". The Telegraph (Calcutta, India). Retrieved 17 March 2013.
- Barik, Bibhuti (24 June 2011). "Airport work speeds up — Capital set for take-off in style". The Telegraph (Calcutta, India). Retrieved 17 March 2013.
- "New terminal at Bhubaneswar airport thrown open". Times of India. 6 March 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
- Ramanath V, Riyan (5 February 2013). "Plans to provide spa facilities at airport". Times of India. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
- "Lanco Infratech bags Rs 92 cr order from AAI". Business Standard. 4 June 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
- "Polls delay international flight take off from city". The Times of India. 20 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
- "International terminal at city airport by April: Union Minister". The Pioneer. 21 September 2012. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
- "New city airport terminal gets 1st flight". The Pioneer. 15 March 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
- "Odisha: First International Flight Operated From Biju Patnaik International Airport". 5 May 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
- "Odisha: Second International Flight Operated From Biju Patnaik International Airport". 28 May 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
- "International flight operated from Odisha's Biju Patnaik International Airport". 4 December 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
- "Air Costa, Vistara and Air Odisha to operate soon in Odisha". Retrieved 10 January 2015.
- "Bhubaneswar's Biju Patnaik Airport wins award". 16 April 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
- "Odisha: Kalinga Safety Award to Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar". 26 September 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
- "New airport terminal to be thrown open on March 5". Times of India. 20 February 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2013.
- "IAF aircraft crash landed at Bhubaneswar". 22 December 2007. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Biju Patnaik Airport.|
- Biju Patnaik International Airport at Airports Authority of India
- Airport information for VEBS at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.