Raja Bhoj Airport
|Raja Bhoj Airport
राजा भोज एयरपोर्ट
|Operator||Airports Authority of India|
|Serves||Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh|
|Elevation AMSL||1,719 ft / 524 m|
Raja Bhoj Airport (IATA: BHO, ICAO: VABP) is a domestic airport serving Bhopal in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. It is located in Gandhi Nagar area which lies 15 km (9.3 mi) north-west of Bhopal city center on National Highway 12.The airport is named after Raja Bhoj, belonging to the Paramara dynasty.
With the length of the runway strip increased to 9,000 feet, it is now possible for larger aircraft to land at Bhopal.
Initially, a 100 kilowatt solar power plant is being installed. According to sources, Bhopal airport authority is also chalking out a plan to install a 2 megawatt solar power plant at the airport in future.
Sources said that the airport authority has also sent a detailed project report of 2 megawatt solar power plant to Airport Authority of India and New and Renewable Energy Ministry of India.
If this proposal gets approved, Raja Bhoj Airport would be the first airport in the country to completely use solar power for running its utility grid system, sources said.
Assistant general manager (electrical engineering), Bhopal airport, Ramji Awasthi said, “The testing of solar plant has been done and it was successful. The plant would start energy production by the end of this month.”
He said that the energy production has been estimated at 1,26,000 units per year.
“This is less as per our requirement but we will use it during day time as there is less consumption of power during the day. On an average, there is a need of 700-800 kilowatt power during the night,” he told HT.
On an average, 36,00,000 units of electricity are being consumed per year at Raja Bhoj Airport and the authority has to spend a huge sum against electricity consumption.
“We are also planning to increase the energy production capacity of the plant in near future. We have sent our proposal to Airport Authority of India and the ministry concerned.
Once the proposal gets approved, the power supply at the airport would be made through the solar plant,” said Awasthi. If the solar power plant is successful, the authority plans to install solar power plants at all airports in the state.
Terminal 1:The terminal building of Bhopal covers an area of 26935 (approx) square meters. It has only one terminal that supports both domestic as well as international service. There are 14 check-in counters, 10 immigration counters, 4 custom counters and 6 security counters at the airport.There is a single terminal for both domestic and international purpose. Though the terminal is a little small yet it is packed with world class amenities. You will find a baggage section as well as lost and found section here. There are various flights from Bhopal to different parts of India such as Mumbai, Indore, Delhi, Ahmadabad.
The new terminal of the Raja Bhoj International Airport here, making Bhopal one of the few cities in the country to start operating international flights. The New terminal of Bhopal international airport project worth Rs 135 crore Integrated Terminal Building (ITB).
Raja Bhoj International Airport inaugurated on June 14, 2011. The state government had given 400 acres of land for the international terminal. The new airport terminal is built over an area of 26,936 sq meters and the ITB has 14 check-in counters, four immigration counters for departures and 6 immigration counters for arrival. It also has two customs counters, each for arrival and departure, and six X-ray machines for security. The runway at the airport has also been expanded from 6,000 ft to 9,000 ft. The airport has night landing facilities, an Instrument Landing System (ILS) and will get a new fire station and control tower soon.
Airlines and destinations
|Air India||Delhi, Mumbai, Jeddah (During Hajj)|
|Jet Airways||Delhi, Ahmedabad, Indore|
|Saudi Airlines||Jeddah (During Hajj)|
|Blue Dart Aviation||Delhi, Mumbai, Indore|
Baggage Services: The airport has a good baggage service as you will find complimentary luggage trolleys to carry your luggage with ease. One can also get wheel chairs for senior citizens and disable people with escorts at the airport.
Places to Shop and Eat: The airport has number of shops where you can shop for various things at best prices. For food lovers, there are a few eating joints as well where you can go and taste delicious food of India. Apart from these things, one can also find TR Book Stall, PCO/STD, Cafeteria as well as some juice counters. Numerous passenger facilities as well as other general services are provided at the airport. Passenger facilities include trolleys, wheel chair, telephone security hold area, lost and found baggage counter, medical aid and assistance to physically challenged passengers. Some of the general services at the airport are TR stall, book shop, snack bar, accessories shop, car rental, hotel booking counter, tourist information centre and cafeteria.
Duty Free Shopping: You can shop for tax free things at the airport as here you will find some duty free shops. People can buy things like wine at the airport before they pass through the custom. The Bhopal Airport is well equipped and customer friendly. Abiding by the Indian saying of "a guest is equivalent to God", the ground staffs at the Bhopal Airport take care of the all around comfort of the traveler. The Airport itself also has amenities for the convenience of the travelers, these include: Comfortable lounge Arrangements for refreshments Clean Toilets Car Hire
Connectivity with the City from Bhopal Airport
Bus stand: The distance between the Bhopal bus stand and the Raja Bhoj airport is about 13 km. You will easily find private cabs from the bus stand which will approximately take 20 minutes to reach the airport. At the airport, you will also find a pre-paid taxis booth.
Railway Station: The airport is approximately 19 km away from the railways station and it will take hardly 30 minutes to reach the airport. One can easily hire taxis to reach the airport from the railway station.
Bhopal Airport Authority Raja Bhoj airport comes under the Bhopal Airport Authority. The authority maintains all the movements of the airport such as cargo and baggage. To provide best in class comfort and amenities, the authority also provide various facilities. The authority also ensures the safety of the passengers.
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