Imphal International Airport
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|Imphal International Airport|
|IATA: IMF – ICAO: VEIM
|Airport type||Own Public Own Government|
|Owner||Manipur Government of Manipur|
|Operator||Airports Authority of India|
|Serves||Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram, Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim|
|Location||Imphal, Manipur, India|
|Elevation AMSL||2,540 ft / 774 m|
Imphal International Airport (IATA: IMF, ICAO: VEIM) is an international airport situated 8 km south of Imphal, the capital of the Indian state of Manipur, India. It is the only international airport in the state of Manipur and the second largest international airport in the north eastern region of India, after Guwahati. It is also the third busiest airport in the north east region of Manipur.
Imphal airport is served by international and regional commercial airlines and is also used for chartered planes and general aviation purposes. It is situated at an altitude of 2,542 ft / 774.80m and has a 9,022 ft / 2,749.90m long asphalt runway. The international airport serves to connect Imphal and the rest of Manipur to other major Indian cities like Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati, as well as to regionals airports such as Agartala, Silchar and Aizawl.
Vast expanses of land are being acquired around the international airport for expansion of the runway and additional airport facilities, such as parking. There are plans to further expand the Imphal flight network to new international destinations such as Naypyidaw, Rangoon, Monywa, Kalemyo (Myanmar/Burma) and Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Hat Yai, Songkhla, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phuket, Rayong / Pattaya, Udon Thani (Thailand), with the potential for Imphal to become a hub for international flights to other major South East Asian cities, including Singapore, Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh, Chittagong, Thimphu, Kathmandu, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Jakarta, Kunming, Colombo, Malé, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Manila, Kabul and Dhaka in the near future.
The airport is situated at an elevation of 2542 feet (774.80m) above sea level and covers a land area of 446.22 acres (180 hectares / 5788.3m²). There is currently only one terminal at the Imphal airport, equipped with modern passenger facilities. The terminal houses 10 check-in counters. The terminal has the capacity to handle nearly 600 passengers within its departures section and 350 passengers within its arrivals section. An X-Ray baggage facility ensures passenger safety. Free luggage trolleys and wheelchairs are available and special assistance is available to senior citizens and disabled people. At present, there is only one conveyor belt in the arrivals building. The airport is also the base for the Manipuri Tourism Department.
The airport comes under the administrative control of the Airports Authority of India (AAI). There are currently four departure gates at the airport which can handle the following aircraft:
N0. 1.ATR42 N0. 2.A320 N0. 3.A320 N0. 4.A300
The airport is equipped with the PAPI (Precision approach path indicator) guidance system, providing visual aids for both sides of the runway (04/22) to assist pilots in maintaining the correct approach path. A CAT-I ILS at runway 04 is available to assist aircraft in landing. The airport also has night landing facilities.
During World War II, the airport was sited 4.5 km away from its present location, at the former Imphal RAF Station - a major Allied Forces supply airfield. The presence of the airbase allowed Allied Forces to fly in men, equipment and supplies, providing a lifeline to a town otherwise cut off by land. Allied Manipuri aircraft would also parachute ammunition, rations and drinking water to the encircled Indian combat units during the Battle of Imphal. Japanese forces attempting to take Imphal were eventually driven back into Burma having suffered heavy losses.
Connectivity with the City from Imphal Airport
Imphal International Airport is served by publicly and privately owned and operated buses, as well as auto rickshaws, all of which offer transport to and from the city centre.
Airlines and destinations
|Air India||Aizawl, Delhi, Guwahati, Kolkata||Domestic-2|
|Air India Regional||Silchar||Domestic-2|
|Golden Myanmar Airlines||Mandalay||International-1|
|Jet Airways||Guwahati, Silchar||Domestic-2|
|Jet Konnect||Bangalore, Guwahati, Kolkata||Domestic-2|
|Indigo||Agartala, Kolkata, Guwahati, Delhi||Domestic-1|
On 16 August 1991, Indian Airlines Flight 257 crashed on its descent into Imphal Airport. All 69 crew and passengers on board were killed.