|Owner||Indian Air Force|
|Operator||Airports Authority of India|
|Location||Virk Kalan, Punjab, India|
|Elevation AMSL||201 m / 662 ft|
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.
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. The announcement came one week after talks between Air India and local officials regarding the viability of flights to Bathinda. The flights began operating three times a week with the ATR 72-600. 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.
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). It has a capacity for 100 passengers with a waiting area that can seat 30 people. The terminal contains two check-in counters and a VIP lounge.
Airlines and destinations
|Alliance Air||Delhi, Jammu|
Bhisiana air force station
The airport is located near the village of Virk Kalan, 20 kilometres (12 mi) northwest of Bathinda. It has a car park with spaces for 40 vehicles. 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.
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