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

Air Odisha

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 20,85,524(Increase22.8%)
Aircraft Movements 14,032 (Increase12.2%)
Cargo Tonnage 7,002 (Increase17.7%)

Biju Patnaik International Airport (IATA: BBIICAO: VEBS), also known as the Bhubaneswar Airport, is situated in the Indian city of Bhubaneswar, Odisha.[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 Airport was ranked the 14th busiest airport in India by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) registering a 22.8% growth in traffic over the previous year. On 5 March 2013, a new terminal (T1) was inaugurated by Minister of Civil Aviation, Ajit Singh. This 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[edit]

Inaugurated in March 2013, Terminal 1 has a capacity of four 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 thirty-five 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 two (a third is also proposed to be installed) aerobridges, four elevators, several escalators, sixteen check-in counters, three 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, the Dakota Lounge and the 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]


Cargo Operations from Biju Patnaik International Airport airport resumed again on 27th January 2017.[14] This has opened up an avenue allowing state exporters to export goods faster to the Middle East, Far East and European destinations. Previously there were cargo operations from the airport between 1995 to 2003. [15]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur-International (begins 26 April 2017)
Air India Delhi, Mumbai
Air India Regional Visakhapatnam[16] (begins 07 April, 2017)
GoAir Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai
IndiGo Bangalore, Chennai (begins 05 April 2017), Coimbatore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Visakhapatnam
Vistara Delhi


Biju Patnaik Airport is situated around 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) south of the Bhubaneswar city center. It is still not connected properly to the main city by public transport. The Bhubaneswar Railway Station is 2 – 3 km from the airport. Various cab services also provide service from the airport to different parts of the city.[17]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • On 26 September 2014, Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar, was awarded the CSR Kalinga Safety Award at Odisha State Safety Conclave 2014.[18]
  • 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.[19]
  • Government of Odisha and Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Power, Government Of India have jointly awarded the Biju Patnaik International Airport the Meritorious Performance Award 2015 on National Conservancy Day, for the various measures taken by the airport towards energy conservation.[20]

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.[21]

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 operations resume at Biju Patnaik International Airport". 28 January 2017. Retrieved 24 February 2017. 
  15. ^ "International cargo operations begin from Bhubaneswar airport". 27 January 2017. Retrieved 24 February 2017. 
  16. ^ "Air India Vizag-Raipur Flight". Times of India. Retrieved 26 March 2017. 
  17. ^ "New airport terminal to be thrown open on March 5". Times of India. 20 February 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  18. ^ "Odisha: Kalinga Safety Award to Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar". 
  19. ^ "Odisha's lone airport ranked 33rd in world; sixth in country". 20 March 2015. 
  20. ^ "Biju Patnaik International Airport Receives Meritorious Performance Awards on the National Conservancy Day". 15 December 2015. 
  21. ^ "IAF aircraft crash landed at Bhubaneswar". 22 December 2007. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 

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