Bathinda Airport

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Bathinda Airport
Summary
Airport type Military/Public
Owner Indian Air Force
Operator Airports Authority of India
Serves Bathinda
Location Virk Kalan, Punjab, India
Elevation AMSL 201 m / 662 ft
Coordinates 30°16′12″N 74°45′20″E / 30.27000°N 74.75556°E / 30.27000; 74.75556
Map
BUP is located in Punjab
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BUP is located in India
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Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
13/31 2,804 9,199 Asphalt/Concrete

Bathinda Airport (IATA: BUP, ICAO: VIBT) is an airport serving Bathinda, a city in the Indian state of Punjab. It is located about 20 kilometres (12 mi) northwest of the city near the village of Virk Kalan. The airport is a civil enclave of the Bhisiana air force station. Alliance Air introduced flights to Bathinda from Delhi in December 2016.

History[edit]

On 25 November 2016, Sukhbir Singh Badal, deputy chief minister of Punjab, announced that Alliance Air would begin flights between Bathinda and Delhi on 11 December.[1] The announcement came one week after talks between Air India and local officials regarding the viability of flights to Bathinda.[2] The flights began operating three times a week with the ATR 72-600.[3] A ceremony was held to inaugurate the terminal and the Delhi flights. The state deputy chief minister; Pusapati Ashok Gajapati Raju, the union civil aviation minister; and Harsimrat Kaur Badal, a member of parliament from Bathinda, were among those in attendance.[4]

Infrastructure[edit]

The Bathinda airport has a 1,200-square-metre (13,000 sq ft) terminal for commercial flights that was built at a cost of 25 crore (US$3.5 million).[5] It has a capacity for 100 passengers with a waiting area that can seat 30 people.[2][5] The terminal contains two check-in counters and a VIP lounge.[5]

The airport's runway, 13/31, is 2,804 metres (9,199 ft) in length.[6] The apron can park two aircraft similar to the ATR 72-600 in size.[5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Alliance Air Delhi, Jammu[7]

Bhisiana air force station[edit]

Bathinda Airport functions as a civil enclave of the Bhisiana air force station. The Air Force provides air traffic control and emergency services for the airport.[8]

Access[edit]

The airport is located near the village of Virk Kalan, 20 kilometres (12 mi) northwest of Bathinda.[2] It has a car park with spaces for 40 vehicles.[5] The nearest bus station is located 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from the airport. Direct bus service by the PRTC was scheduled to begin on the opening date of the passenger terminal; however, it was postponed following the death of the PRTC chairman.[9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Singh, Varinder (3 December 2016). "Air India gears up for maiden Bathinda-Delhi flight on Dec 11". The Tribune. Chandigarh. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Bathinda, India to open to commercial traffic". ch-aviation. 6 December 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "Air India initiates first commercial service to Bathinda". anna.aero. 12 December 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "Bathinda gets air connectivity". The Hindu. 12 December 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "New Civil Air Terminal at Bathinda Airport dedicated to the nation and launch of first Alliance Air flight for Delhi-Bathinda-Delhi Sector by Shri P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Hon'ble Union Minister of Civil Aviation" (PDF) (Press release). Airports Authority of India. 11 December 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  6. ^ "VIBT - Bhatinda Airport". SkyVector. 10 November 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "Timetable" (PDF). Alliance Air. 1 February 2017. Retrieved 27 February 2017. 
  8. ^ Mohan, Vijay (30 December 2014). "No flights from Bathinda airport 2 yrs after completion". The Tribune. Chandigarh. Retrieved 27 February 2017. 
  9. ^ Khanna, Bharat (13 December 2016). "Airport 2 km away from bus stop in Virk Kalan, no direct link from city yet". The Tribune. Chandigarh. Retrieved 16 December 2016. 
  10. ^ "Mini buses: Flag-off ceremony postponed by PRTC". The Tribune. Chandigarh. 10 December 2016. Retrieved 16 December 2016.