Biju Patnaik Airport

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Biju Patnaik International Airport
BBI Airport 2.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Airports Authority of India
Serves Bhubaneswar
Location Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
Opened 17 April 1998
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 Airport
VEBS is located in Odisha
Location in Odisha
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 1,380 4,525 Asphalt
14/32 3,200 10,500 Asphalt
Statistics (March 2012 - March 2013)
Passenger movements 1,389,552
Aircraft movements 14,220
Cargo tonnage 3,400
Source: Airports Authority of India

Biju Patnaik International Airport (IATA: BBIICAO: VEBS), also known as Bhubaneswar Airport, is situated in the city of Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India.[1] 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. In 2012, Bhubaneswar was ranked the 19th busiest airport in India by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) registering a 19.9% 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.[2] The Government of India accorded international status to the airport on 30 October 2013.[3]

Biju Patnaik International Airport (BBI), Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Biju Patnaik Airport


Terminal 1[edit]

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.[2][4] The new terminal has been developed by the (AAI) as part of the upgrade of 35 non-metro airports across the country.[5] 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, Mayfair Lounge and VIP Lounges apart from the Departure and Arrival Lounges.[2][6] 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.[7] The new terminal also has food kiosks, gift shops, book shops, handloom, art galleries and handicraft kiosks.[8] The terminal was built by Lanco Infratech (Octamec).[9]

Terminal 2[edit]

As of late 2013, the international terminal (T2) is upgraded and starting international operations by early 2014, connecting the city to South-East Asia and the Middle East.[10][11] The new terminal (T1) will be used for domestic flights, while the international terminal (T2) is renovated to handle international operations.[12] Currently four international carriers have shown interest to start operations to Bangkok, Dubai, Qatar and Singapore once the airport is ready to start international operations.

Terminal T1 Entrance
Terminal T1 Waiting Area

Airlines and destinations[edit]

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Scheduled airlines[edit]

Airlines Destinations Terminal
Air India Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Port Blair [13] T1
Air India Regional Delhi, Port Blair [14] T1
IndiGo Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Visakhapatnam [15] T1

Non-scheduled airlines[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Odisha Angul, Berhampur, Jharsuguda, Koraput, Raipur, Rourkela
JAC Air Jamshedpur
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Airport Services[edit]

Fixed-base operators[edit]

The fixed base operators at the Biju Patnaik Airport includes:



Ground Handlers[edit]

  • Air Odisha Aviation Pvt. Ltd.
  • East Air Aviation
  • Government Aviation Training Institute (GATI)
  • IMFA Aviation
  • Odisha Stevedores Ltd. (OSL)
  • Transtrack Aeroservices Pvt. Ltd


Ground transportation[edit]

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.[17]

Incidents and accidents[edit]


  1. ^ "Pilot information for Biju Patnaik Airport". 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "New terminal at Bhubaneswar airport starts operations". Business Standard. 14 March 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Centre accords international tag to Bhubaneswar airport". The Times of India. 31 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Singha, Minati (5 March 2013). "International airport to take off by June". Times of India. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  5. ^ Barik, Bibhuti (8 August 2011). "March date for swanky airport". The Telegraph (Calcutta, India). Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  6. ^ Barik, Bibhuti (24 June 2011). "Airport work speeds up - Capital set for take-off in style". The Telegraph (Calcutta, India). Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "New terminal at Bhubaneswar airport thrown open". Times of India. 6 March 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  8. ^ Ramanath V, Riyan (5 February 2013). "Plans to provide spa facilities at airport". Times of India. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "Lanco Infratech bags Rs 92 cr order from AAI". Business Standard. 4 June 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Naveen seeks international tag for Bhubaneswar airport". Business Standard. 16 July 2012. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "International terminal at city airport by April: Union Minister". The Pioneer. 21 September 2012. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "New city airport terminal gets 1st flight". The Pioneer. 15 March 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "Summer Schedule Air India 2014". Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  14. ^ "Summer Schedule Alliance Air 2014". Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  15. ^ "Summer Schedule IndiGo 2014". Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  16. ^ "Bhubaneswar's Biju Patnaik Airport wins award". 16 April 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  17. ^ "New airport terminal to be thrown open on March 5". Times of India. 20 February 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  18. ^ "IAF aircraft crash landed at Bhubaneswar". 22 December 2007. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 

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