Nal Airport

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Bikaner Air Force Base
Nal Airport
बीकानेर एयर फोर्स बेस
नाल हवाई अड्डे
IATA: BKBICAO: VIBK
Summary
Airport type Military
Operator Indian Air Force
Location Bikaner (India)
Elevation AMSL 750 ft / 229 m
Coordinates 28°04′14″N 73°12′25″E / 28.07056°N 73.20694°E / 28.07056; 73.20694Coordinates: 28°04′14″N 73°12′25″E / 28.07056°N 73.20694°E / 28.07056; 73.20694
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
05/23 8,960 2,731 Asphalt
source: World Aero Data[1]

Nal Airport (IATA: BKBICAO: VIBK) is located 13 kilometres (8 mi) west of Bikaner in the state of Rajasthan, India. It is operated by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) as a civil enclave at the Bikaner Air Force Station. The enclave air terminal was inaugurated on 29 June, 2014.[2]

History[edit]

The government-owned Vayudoot operated a 20-seater aircraft to this airport in the past but the service was terminated in 1987. The foundation stone of the new terminal was laid in March 2009 by the then Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.[3] The airport was expected to be completed in March 2012.[4] A dispute between the AAI and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) regarding height of the terminal building led to delay in starting air services. AAI authorities constructed the building up to the height of 6.75 meters, whereas MoD had permitted a maximum height of 5 meters.[5][6][7] The civil enclave will include a terminal for 100 passengers and a 60 X 90 metre apron capable of holding two ATR-72 aircraft.[8] Bikaner Airport construction was completed in August 2013. The Chief Minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje inaugurated the civil air terminal in Bikaner on June 29, 2014. The people of Bikaner are awaiting the start of schedule flights to Delhi and other cities eagerly.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

No Scheduled commercial operations

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