Biju Patnaik Airport
|Biju Patnaik Airport
|IATA: BBI – ICAO: VEBS|
|Operator||Airports Authority of India|
|Elevation AMSL||138 ft / 42 m|
|Statistics (January 2012 - January 2013)|
|Source: Airport Authority of India|
Biju Patnaik Airport (IATA: BBI, ICAO: VEBS), also known as Bhubaneswar Airport, is situated in the city of Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. It is currently the only major airport in Odisha. It is named after the former Chief Minister of Odisha, Biju Patnaik, who was also a famed aviator and freedom fighter. In 2013, a new domestic terminal with a capacity of 800 passengers per hour (4 million annually) was inaugurated, while the old terminal is being renovated for starting international operations.
Terminal 1 
In March 2013, a new state-of art domestic terminal (T1) with a capacity of handling 30 million passengers per year was inaugurated to handle increased air traffic. The new terminal was developed by the Airports Authority of India (AAI), which has been designed to handle future traffic, consisting of trusses making arches of the lounge. The new terminal built at a cost of Rs. 145 crore, consist of two aerobridges, four elevators, escalators, 16 check-in counters and three arrival conveyors, VIP lounges and seating areas. The new terminal is a two-storied building, having a total area of 18,240 square metres (196,300 sq ft). The new terminal has been made environment friendly, according to green building standards, with provision for rain water harvesting, sewerage treatment plants, etc. The internal walls of the terminal has been decorated with tribal motifs and designs, masks and sculpture, giving it an ethnic look. The new terminal is proposed to have spa, food kiosks, gift and book shops, handloom and handicraft stalls.
Terminal 2 
As of 2013, the old terminal (T2) is planned to be upgraded to handle international operations, connecting the city to South-East Asia and the Middle East. The new terminal will be used for domestic flights, while the old terminal (T2) will be renovated and upgraded for handling international operations.
Airlines and destinations 
Scheduled Airlines 
|Air India||Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Visakhapatnam|
|Air India Regional||Delhi, Port Blair|
|IndiGo||Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Visakhapatnam|
|Jet Airways||Bangalore, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Patna|
|JetKonnect||Bangalore, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai|
Non-Scheduled Airlines 
|Air Odisha||Jharsuguda, Koraput, Raipur, Rourkela|
Airport Services 
Ground Handlers 
- Air Odisha Aviation Pvt. Ltd.
- East Air Aviation
- GATI Aviation
- IMFA Aviation
- Odisha Stevedores Ltd. (OSL)
Biju Patnaik Airport was adjudged the best AAI run airport in India based on its 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. 
Ground Transportation 
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 12th May 2013, three flights, one Air India flight from Agartala - Kolkata and two IndiGo flights from Raipur - Kolkata and Bangalore - Kolkata made emergency landings due to turbulent weather. 
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Biju Patnaik Airport|
- Biju Patnaik Airport at Airports Authority of India
- Airport information for VEBS at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.