Bagdogra Airport

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Bagdogra Airport
Bagdogra International Airport.jpg
Summary
Airport typeCivil Enclave
OwnerIndian Air Force
OperatorAirports Authority of India
ServesSiliguri
LocationBagdogra, Siliguri, West Bengal, India
Elevation AMSL126 m / 412 ft
Coordinates26°40′52″N 088°19′43″E / 26.68111°N 88.32861°E / 26.68111; 88.32861Coordinates: 26°40′52″N 088°19′43″E / 26.68111°N 88.32861°E / 26.68111; 88.32861
Map
IXB is located in West Bengal
IXB
IXB
IXB is located in India
IXB
IXB
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 2,754 9,035 Concrete/Asphalt
Statistics (April 2018 - March 2019)
Passengers2,898,784 (Increase28.5%)
Aircraft movements21,081 (Increase32.1%)
Cargo tonnage4,986 (Increase15.6%) (2,017)
Source: AAI[1][2][3]

Bagdogra Airport, (IATA: IXB, ICAO: VEBD) is an international airport located at the western part of the city Siliguri, the city which the airport serves, at Bagdogra, in Siliguri in northern West Bengal, India.[4] It is operated as a civil enclave at AFS Bagdogra of the Indian Air Force. It is also the gateway airport to the hill stations of Darjeeling, Gangtok, Kurseong, Kalimpong, Mirik and other parts of the North Bengal region and sees thousands of tourists annually. The airport is a major transport hub in the region with flights connecting Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Dibrugarh and Guwahati and has international connectivity with Paro, and Bangkok. The airport also has regular helicopter flights to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. The central government of India conferred customs airport status to the airport in 2002 with limited international operations.[5][6] Air traffic at Bagdogra crossed 1 million for the first time growing at 43.6% percent in 2014-15. In 2018-19, the airport served 2.8 million passengers which was an increase of 28.5% from the previous year, making it the 20th-busiest airport in India. This is one of the few airports in India with zero sales tax on aviation turbine fuel.[7]

Air Force Station[edit]

The airbase is home to the IAF No. 20 Wing, as also to the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (Mig-21) FL fighter aircraft of the No. 8 Squadron and a Helicopter Unit. Along with the airbase at Hasimara, Alipurduar district; it is responsible for combat air operations over a large area including North Bengal, Sikkim, and if needed, Bhutan. The base caters to all military air traffic for the Indian Army's XXXIII Corps based nearby in Sukna.

Expansion[edit]

The state government had handed over 14.5 acres (59,000 m2) of land to the Ministry of Civil Aviation for developing infrastructure for night landing in 2010. AAI also expanded the apron at the same time, enabling the parking of 5 Airbus A320 class aircraft simultaneously.[5] The IAF, which maintains the ATC and runway, gave permission for night landings by civilian aircraft allowing flights past 6 pm in 2013.[8]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinationsRefs.
AirAsia India Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata[9]
Air India Delhi, Kolkata
Druk Air Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Paro
GoAir Delhi, Guwahati, Kolkata
IndiGo Ahmedabad, Delhi, Bangalore, Guwahati, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad
SpiceJet Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Mumbai, Kolkata
Vistara Delhi, Dibrugarh[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-III" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 4. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-II" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 May 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-IV" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 May 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ a b "Night-landing facility at Bagdogra soon". The Times of India. 16 January 2010. Retrieved 16 January 2010.
  6. ^ "International status to Bagdogra airport hailed". The Times of India. 2 October 2002. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Bagdogra backs CM flight path- Tax waiver fuels air traffic growth". The Telegraph (Calcutta). Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  8. ^ "IAF nod for Bagdogra night landing". The Telegraph. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  9. ^ "AirAsia India Launches New Daily Direct Flights From Bangalore To Bagdogra at Rs 2,999 Only. Booking Details Here". Ndtv.com. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Vistara expands its wings to Dibrugarh, connects this Assam city with Delhi, Bagdogra." Financial Express. Accessed 1 March 2019.

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