Raja Bhoj Airport
|Raja Bhoj International Airport
राजा भोज अंतर्राष्ट्रीय एयरपोर्ट
|Owner||Madhya Pradesh Government|
|Operator||Airports Authority of India|
|Serves||Bhopal, Sehore, Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh|
|Location||Gandhi Nagar area which lies 15 km (9.3 mi) north-west of Bhopal city center on National Highway 12.|
|Elevation AMSL||1,719 ft / 524 m|
Raja Bhoj International 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.
The length of the runway strip was increased to 9,000 feet, making it possible for larger aircraft to land at Bhopal. The first direct seasonal international flight from Bhopal was to Jeddah, a Hajj charter flown by Saudia on 23 October 2010 for Hajj travelers.
In 2013, the airport become the first airport in the state to use solar power for running its utility grid system. 100 kilowatt solar power plant was made operational in June 2013, with plans to install a 2 megawatt solar power plant at the airport in the future. The airport has night landing facilities, an Instrument Landing System (ILS) and CAT VII fire services.
The new integrated terminal building worth Rs 135 crore was inaugurated on June 28 2011 by the then Civil Aviation minister, Vayalar Ravi. The state government had given 400 acres of land for the construction of international terminal. The terminal building is built over an area of 26,936 sq meters and 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.
Airlines and destinations
|Air India||Delhi, Mumbai
|Jet Airways||Delhi, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Chennai(resume's on September), Pune(resume's on September), Indore|
|Blue Dart Aviation||Delhi, Mumbai, Indore|
||This article is written like a personal reflection or opinion essay that states the Wikipedia editor's particular feelings about a topic, rather than the opinions of experts. (June 2015)|
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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