Biju Patnaik International Airport

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Biju Patnaik International Airport
BPIA Bhubaneswar.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Airports Authority of India
Serves Bhubaneswar
Location Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
Opened 17 April 1962
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 138 ft / 42 m
Coordinates 20°14′40″N 085°49′04″E / 20.24444°N 85.81778°E / 20.24444; 85.81778Coordinates: 20°14′40″N 085°49′04″E / 20.24444°N 85.81778°E / 20.24444; 85.81778
Website Biju Patnaik International Airport
BBI is located in Odisha
BBI is located in India
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 1,380 4,525 Asphalt
14/32 2,743 9,000 Asphalt
Statistics (2015-16)
Passenger Movements 1,894,732 (Increase25.8%)
Aircraft Movements 14,032 (Increase12.2%)
Cargo Tonnage 7,002 (Increase17.7%)

Biju Patnaik International Airport (IATA: BBIICAO: VEBS), also known as Bhubaneswar Airport, is situated in the city of Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India.[5] 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 25.8% 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.[6] The Government of India accorded international status to the airport on 30 October 2013.[7]

Terminal T1 Entrance
Terminal T1 Waiting Area
Terminal T1 Airside
Masks in the arrival area of Biju Patnaik International Airport
Upcoming cargo terminal


Terminal 1 (Domestic)[edit]

The terminal, inaugurated in March 2013, has a capacity of 4 million passengers per year and was built at a cost of Rs 145 crore.[6][8] The new terminal has been developed by the AAI as part of the upgrade of 35 non-metro airports across the country.[9] 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 multiple seating areas. Apart from the Departure and Arrival Lounges, T1 terminal also has several other lounges, including VIP Lounges, Pal Heights Spa Lounge, Dakota Lounge and Mayfair Lounge.[6][10] The terminal is environmentally-friendly, built according to green building standards, with sewage treatment plants and provision for rain water harvesting. The internal walls of the terminal are decorated with tribal motifs, designs, masks, and sculptures derived from Odisha's culture.[11] The new terminal also has food kiosks, gift shops, bookstores, art galleries and handloom/handicraft kiosks.[12] The terminal was built by Lanco Infratech (Octamec).[13]

Terminal 2 (International)[edit]

On 10 July 2015, India's national carrier Air India began daily operations connecting Bhubaneswar to international destinations via Delhi under a hub-and-spoke model.


The Common User Domestic Cargo Terminal (CUDCT) of Biju Patnaik International Airport 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 representatives of airlines and industries during which key agenda items such as potential, infrastructural requirements, administrative requirements and available resources were discussed.[14]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Air India Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi
GoAir Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai
IndiGo Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Visakhapatnam
Vistara Delhi


Airlines Destinations
Air Odisha Bhawanipatna, Jeypore, Nagpur, Raipur, Ranchi, Rourkela, Sambalpur
Pawan Hans Paradeep

Accolades and recognitions[edit]

  • Biju Patnaik International Airport was judged 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.[15]
  • Biju Patnaik International Airport was ranked The Best Airport of India for a second time in the period from January–June 2013, by Airports Authority of India, based on the Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI). The airport shared the award with Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport in Varanasi.
  • On 26 September 2014, Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar, was awarded the CSR Kalinga Safety Award at Odisha State Safety Conclave 2014.[16]
  • The Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar was ranked 33rd Best Airport Worldwide and 6th Best Airport in India, in a survey conducted by ASI's Airport Service Quality (ASQ), that studied 254 airports worldwide. On a scale of 1 to 5, Biju Patnaik International Airport scored 4.5.[17]
  • Government of Odisha and Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Power, Government Of India have jointly awarded the Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar the Meritorious Performance Award 2015 on National Conservancy Day, for the various measures taken by the airport towards energy conservation.[18]


Biju Patnaik Airport is situated around 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) south of the city center. It is connected to the main city by Bhubaneswar City Bus (Route 207, Nandankanan — Airport) and other luxury coach buses. The Bhubaneswar Railway Station is 2 – 3 km from the airport. Various cab services such as CarzonRent, Ola Cabs, Uber, Meru Cabs, among others, also provide service from the airport to different parts of the city.[19]

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • 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 evacuated.[20]

See also[edit]


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  5. ^ "Pilot information for Biju Patnaik Airport". 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c "New terminal at Bhubaneswar airport starts operations". Business Standard. 14 March 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Centre accords international tag to Bhubaneswar airport". The Times of India. 31 October 2013. 
  8. ^ Singha, Minati (5 March 2013). "International airport to take off by June". Times of India. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  9. ^ Barik, Bibhuti (8 August 2011). "March date for swanky airport". The Telegraph. Calcutta, India. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  10. ^ Barik, Bibhuti (24 June 2011). "Airport work speeds up — Capital set for take-off in style". The Telegraph. Calcutta, India. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "New terminal at Bhubaneswar airport thrown open". Times of India. 6 March 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  12. ^ Ramanath V, Riyan (5 February 2013). "Plans to provide spa facilities at airport". Times of India. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "Lanco Infratech bags Rs 92 cr order from AAI". Business Standard. 4 June 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "Cargo Hub at Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar". 19 March 2015. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  15. ^ "Bhubaneswar's Biju Patnaik Airport wins award". 16 April 2013. 
  16. ^ "Odisha: Kalinga Safety Award to Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar". 
  17. ^ "Odisha's lone airport ranked 33rd in world; sixth in country". 20 March 2015. 
  18. ^ "Biju Patnaik International Airport Receives Meritorious Performance Awards on the National Conservancy Day". 15 December 2015. 
  19. ^ "New airport terminal to be thrown open on March 5". Times of India. 20 February 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  20. ^ "IAF aircraft crash landed at Bhubaneswar". 22 December 2007. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 

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