Imphal International Airport
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|Tulihal International Airport|
|Airport type||Own Public Own Government|
|Owner||Government of Manipur|
|Operator||Airports Authority of India|
|Location||Imphal, Manipur, India|
|Elevation AMSL||2,540 ft / 774 m|
|Statistics (Apr '13 - Mar '14)|
Imphal International Airport (IATA: IMF, ICAO: VEI) is the second international airport built in the northeastern region of India, after Guwahati, and the third largest airport in the region. Located 8km south of Imphal, the capital of Manipur, Imphal International Airport connects northeastern India with the country's major cities such as Bengaluru, Delhi, Kolkata, and Mandalay. Air India, IndiGo, Jet Airways, Air India Regional, JetKonnect, and North East Shuttle offer connection services from the airport to major cities and regional airports such as Agartala, Silcher, Aizawl, and Jorhat. Connecting flights to Rangoon, Mandalay, Myanmar, Bangkok and Thailand are in development.
Imphal International Airport is under the administrative control of Airports Authority of India.
Situated at 2545 feet (774.80m) above sea level, the airport covers 1275 acres (515.97 hectares). The runway measures 2,476 metres in length. Imphal International Airport is equipped with many modern passenger facilities including the facilities for night operation. The airport is equipped with the Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) guidance system, which provides visual aid on both sides of the runway to assist pilots with maintaining the correct path of approach. A CAT-I ILS at runway 04 is also available to assist with aircraft landing.
There are currently two departure gates and two arrival gates at the airport. Terminal 1 has 10 check-in counters. The Departure section can service up to 600 travelers, while the arrival section services up to 350 travelers. The airport is suitable for 'C' type (Airbus 320 or 321) aircraft operations in all weather conditions. It is also suitable for aircrafts such as the ATR42, A320, A321, A300, and Boeing 737 NG series.
Imphal RAF station, as it was formerly known, is located 4.5 km away from the Imphal International Airport and was a major allied forces supply airfield during World War II. The presence of this airbase allowed allied forces to fly in men, equipment, and supplies. This provided a lifeline to the town, which was otherwise cut off by land. Allied aircraft also parachuted ammunition, rations, and drinking water to the encircled Indian combat units during the Battle of Imphal, in which Japanese forces attempted to take control of Imphal. The Japanese forces suffered heavy losses and were eventually driven back to Burma.
Connectivity with the City from Imphal Airport
Imphal International Airport is well connected by public and private bus services and by auto rickshaws. These transport services connect the airport to the city center via the Imphal Churachandpur State Highway (also known as Tiddim Road).
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|
|JetKonnect||Bangalore, Guwahati, Kolkata||Domestic-2|
|IndiGo||Agartala, Kolkata, Guwahati, Delhi||Domestic-1|
On 16 August 1991, Indian Airlines Flight 257 crashed while descending into Imphal airport. All 69 passengers on board, including the crew members, were killed.