Biju Patnaik International Airport

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Biju Patnaik International Airport
Biju Patnaik International Airport.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 42 m / 138 ft
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 (April 2017 – March 2018)
Passengers 3,250,635 (Increase39.4%)
Aircraft Movements 23,155 (Increase35.6%)
Cargo Tonnage 7,843 (Decrease4.8%)
Source: AAI[1][2][3]

Biju Patnaik International Airport (IATA: BBI, ICAO: VEBS), also known as the Bhubaneswar Airport, is the primary international airport serving Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha.[4] It is named after the former chief minister of Odisha, Biju Patnaik, who was also a famed aviator and freedom fighter. On 5 March 2013, a new terminal (T1) was inaugurated by Minister of Civil Aviation, Ajit Singh. This terminal caters to all domestic flights whereas the other terminal (T2) has been refurbished to support international operations. The airport is spread over an area of 836 acres.[5] The Government of India accorded international status to the airport on 30 October 2013.[6] As per latest reports, Bhubaneswar Airport was ranked the 15th busiest airport in India by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) & 11th among Airport maintained by AAI registering a 39.4% growth in traffic over the previous year.


Terminal 1[edit]

Traditional Masks at Terminal 1
Terminal 1 Interior
Waiting Lounge (T1)

Inaugurated in March 2013, the terminal has a capacity of 4 million passengers per annum and was built at a cost of Rs 145 crore.[5][7] The new terminal has been developed by the AAI as part of the upgrade of 35 non-metro airports across the country.[8] 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, 18 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.[5][9] The terminal is environment-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.[10] The new terminal also has food kiosks, gift shops, bookstores, art galleries and handloom/handicraft kiosks.[11] The terminal was built by Lanco Infratech (Octamec).[12]

Terminal 2[edit]

Terminal 2 Airside

Terminal 2 handles international operations to and from the Biju Patnaik International Airport. It was built in the mid 1960s to cater domestic flights. The terminal being built over an area of 5,178 square metres (55,740 sq ft), consists of 6 check-in counters, 10 immigration counters, 4 customs counters, numerous amenities and multiple seating areas.[13]

Coast Guard Air Enclave[edit]

The Coast Guard Air Enclave along with the 743 Dornier Squadron was commissioned by former Vice Admiral Shashwat Kumar sahoo, Director General of the Indian Coast Guard in Biju Patnaik International Airport on the 15th of December 2014.[14] The units operate under the operational and administrative control of the Commander of the Coast Guard Region (North East) through the Commander, Coast Guard District No 7 (Odisha). Several strategic air operations are streamlined and synergized for the protection of the sea areas off the Coastal Odisha.[15]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirAsia Kuala Lumpur–International
AirAsia India Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata
Air India Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai
Air Odisha Jharsuguda, Raipur, Rourkela
GoAir Kolkata, Mumbai
IndiGo Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati (begins 29 October 2018),[16] Hyderabad, Kochi (begins 1 December 2018),[16] Kolkata, Mumbai, Visakhapatnam
Thai AirAsia Bangkok–Don Mueang (begins 7 December 2018)[17]
Vistara Delhi


Biju Patnaik International Airport is situated around 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) away from the Bhubaneswar city center. It is well connected to the main city by the means of public transportation.[18]


The nearest railway station from the airport is Lingaraj Temple Road Railway Station i.e. 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) away whereas the main station Bhubaneswar Railway Station is 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) from the airport.[19]


The airport is well connected to the main city by the means Odisha State Road Transport Corporation and Bhubaneswar City Bus services plying to remote locations across the city as well as Odisha's neighboring states. Biju Patnaik International Airport is 4.9 kilometres (3.0 mi) from the Interstate Bus Terminus (ISBT) at Baramunda i.e. the main bus terminus in the city.[20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-III" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 4. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-II" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 4. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-IV" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 4. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Pilot information for Biju Patnaik Airport". 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  5. ^ a b c "New terminal at Bhubaneswar airport starts operations". Business Standard. 14 March 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Centre accords international tag to Bhubaneswar airport". The Times of India. 31 October 2013.
  7. ^ Singha, Minati (5 March 2013). "International airport to take off by June". Times of India. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  8. ^ Barik, Bibhuti (8 August 2011). "March date for swanky airport". The Telegraph. Calcutta, India. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  9. ^ Barik, Bibhuti (24 June 2011). "Airport work speeds up — Capital set for take-off in style". The Telegraph. Calcutta, India. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  10. ^ "New terminal at Bhubaneswar airport thrown open". Times of India. 6 March 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  11. ^ Ramanath V, Riyan (5 February 2013). "Plans to provide spa facilities at airport". Times of India. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  12. ^ "Lanco Infratech bags Rs 92 cr order from AAI". Business Standard. 4 June 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
  13. ^ "Bhubaneswar - Technical Information". Airports Authority of India. 22 August 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  14. ^ "Coast Guard's new air enclave inaugurated in Bhubaneswar". 15 December 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  15. ^ "Commissioning of Coast Guard Air Enclave Bhubaneswar & 743 Squadron (CG)". 15 December 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  16. ^ a b "IndiGo new flights". Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  17. ^ "AirAsia Continues Expansion in India with 2 New Routes Flying Direct from Bangkok to Visakhapatnam and Bhubaneswar — AirAsia Newsroom". Retrieved 2018-10-16.
  18. ^ "Bhubaneswar Airport" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  19. ^ "Bhubaneswar Airport". Cleartrip. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  20. ^ "DTS City Bus - Travel Information Book" (PDF). Retrieved 3 June 2018.

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