Biju Patnaik International Airport
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|Biju Patnaik International Airport
ବିଜୁ ପଟ୍ଟନାୟକ ଅନ୍ତର୍ଜାତୀୟ ବିମାନ ବନ୍ଦର
|IATA: BBI – ICAO: VEBS|
|Owner/Operator||Airports Authority of India|
|Location||Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India|
|Opened||17 April 1962|
|Elevation AMSL||138 ft / 42 m|
Biju Patnaik International Airport (IATA: BBI, ICAO: VEBS), also known as Bhubaneswar Airport, is situated in the city of Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. It is the sole international airport in the state. It is named after the former Chief Minister of Odisha, Biju Patnaik, who was also a famed aviator and freedom fighter. As of 2013, Bhubaneswar was ranked the 17th busiest airport in India by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) registering a 1.82% traffic growth over the previous year. On 5 March 2013, a new terminal (T1) was inaugurated by Minister of Civil Aviation, Ajit Singh. The terminal caters to all domestic flights while the older terminal (T2) has been refurbished to support impending international operations. The Government of India accorded international status to the airport on 30 October 2013.
Terminal 1 (Domestic)
The state-of-the-art terminal, inaugurated in March 2013, has a capacity of 4 million passengers per annum and was built at a cost of Rs 145 crore. The new terminal has been developed by the (AAI) as part of the upgrade of 35 non-metro airports across the country. Terminal T1, a two-storied building with a total area of 18,240 square metres (196,300 sq ft), consists of 2 aerobridges, 4 elevators, several escalators, 16 check-in counters, 3 arrival luggage conveyors, a spa, and seating areas. It has many lounges like Pal Heights Spa Lounge, Dakota Lounge, Mayfair Lounge and VIP Lounges apart from the Departure and Arrival Lounges. The terminal is environment friendly, built according to green building standards, with provision for rain water harvesting, sewage treatment plants, etc. The internal walls of the terminal are decorated with tribal motifs, designs, masks, and sculptures, giving travellers a glimpse of Odisha's rich culture. The new terminal also has food kiosks, gift shops, book shops, handloom, art galleries and handicraft kiosks. The terminal was built by Lanco Infratech (Octamec).
Terminal 2 (International)
On 10 July 2015, national carrier Air India began its daily operations connecting Bhubaneswar to international destinations under a hub-and-spoke model via Delhi. A delegation of AirAsia visited the airport to take stock of the infrastructure facilities and traffic potential. They held talks with Odisha Chief Secretary Gokul Pati and airport officials. But there were no significant developments, and the airport is not in AirAsia's plans at least for the winter schedule. It has not been approved from DGCA for any operation by the airliner during the schedule ending 26 March 2016.
The Common User Domestic Cargo Terminal (CUDCT) of Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar is currently under construction. On 19 March 2015, Airports Authority of India in association with Industrial Promotion & Investment Corporation of Odisha Limited organised a coordination meeting with main agendas such as potential, infrastructural requirements, administrative requirements and available resources, were discussed with the representatives of the airlines and industries.
Airlines and destinations
|Air India||Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi,|
|Air India Regional||Port Blair|
|IndiGo||Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Visakhapatnam|
|Air Odisha||Jeypore, Raipur, Ranchi, Rourkela, Sambalpur All services Suspended|
The fixed-base operators at the airport include:
- Dakota Food Court & Lounge by Hotel Crown
- Canara Airport Cafeteria
- Mayfair Hotels & Resorts
- National Aviation Company of India Ltd. (NACIL)
- Pal Heights
- Airports Authority of India awarded Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar as AAI's Best Airport in India jointly with Trivandrum International Airport in Thiruvananthapuram for the period of January–July 2012.
- Biju Patnaik International Airport was adjudged The Best Airport in India based on Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) for 2012-13. The Airport achieved the highest CSI for 2 years for providing user friendly services to passengers and other stakeholders. It shared the first prize with Jodhpur Airport.
- Biju Patnaik International Airport was ranked The Best Airport of India for the second time in the period from January–June 2013 by Airports Authority of India based on the Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI). Biju Patnaik Airport in Bhubaneswar shared the award with Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport in Varanasi.
- Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar was awarded CSR Kalinga Safety Award at Odisha State Safety Conclave 2014, on 26 September 2014.
- The Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar was ranked 33rd Best Airport Worldwide and 6th Best Airport in India by a survey made by ASI's Airport Service Quality (ASQ) studying worldwide 254 airports. On a scale of 1 to 5, the Biju Patnaik International Airport managed to score 4.5.
- Government of Odisha and Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Power, Government Of India has jointly awarded the Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar, the Meritorious Performance Award 2015 on the National Conservancy Day for the several measures taken by the airport towards Energy Conservations.
Biju Patnaik Airport is situated around 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) south of the city center. It is connected by Bhubaneswar City Bus (Route 207 Nandankanan — Airport) and other luxury coach buses to the city. The Bhubaneswar railway station is 2 – 3 km far from the airport. The airport has a facility of prepaid taxis. A new road connecting airport to the Ekamra Marg has been constructed as a part of the modernisation program, reducing journey time. Taxi services such as OLA cab, Uber, carzonrent and MERU cab also provide service from the airport to different parts of the city. Other private cabs companies also provide services from the airport premises.
Incidents and accidents
- On 22 December 2007, an Indian Air Force plane from the Surya Kiran team crash landed on the runway of Biju Patnaik International Airport. One passenger caught fire while three others were safely taken out.
- Subhashish Mohanty (January 13, 2015). "Airport plans hit land hurdle". The Telegraph. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
- "Pilot information for Biju Patnaik Airport". ourairports.com. 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
- "New terminal at Bhubaneswar airport starts operations". Business Standard. 14 March 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
- "Centre accords international tag to Bhubaneswar airport". The Times of India. 31 October 2013.
- Singha, Minati (5 March 2013). "International airport to take off by June". Times of India. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
- Barik, Bibhuti (8 August 2011). "March date for swanky airport". The Telegraph (Calcutta, India). Retrieved 17 March 2013.
- Barik, Bibhuti (24 June 2011). "Airport work speeds up — Capital set for take-off in style". The Telegraph (Calcutta, India). Retrieved 17 March 2013.
- "New terminal at Bhubaneswar airport thrown open". Times of India. 6 March 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
- Ramanath V, Riyan (5 February 2013). "Plans to provide spa facilities at airport". Times of India. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
- "Lanco Infratech bags Rs 92 cr order from AAI". Business Standard. 4 June 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
- "Cargo Hub at Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar". 19 March 2015. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
- "Bhubaneswar's Biju Patnaik Airport wins award". 16 April 2013.
- "Odisha: Kalinga Safety Award to Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar".
- "Odisha’s lone airport ranked 33rd in world; sixth in country". 20 March 2015.
- "Biju Patnaik International Airport Receives Meritorious Performance Awards on the National Conservancy Day". 15 December 2015.
- "New airport terminal to be thrown open on March 5". Times of India. 20 February 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2013.
- "IAF aircraft crash landed at Bhubaneswar". 22 December 2007. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Biju Patnaik Airport.|
- Biju Patnaik International Airport - India Airport Global Website
- Biju Patnaik International Airport at Airports Authority of India
- Airport information for VEBS at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.