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
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 2016 - March 2017)
Passengers 2,332,433 (Increase23.1%)
Aircraft Movements 17,078 (Increase21.7%)
Cargo Tonnage 8,239 (Increase17.7%)
Source: AAI[1] [2] [3]

Biju Patnaik International Airport (IATA: BBIICAO: VEBS), also known as the Bhubaneswar Airport, is situated in the Indian city of Bhubaneswar, Odisha.[4] 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. 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.[5] The Government of India accorded international status to the airport on 30 October 2013.[6] In fiscal year 2016-17, Bhubaneswar Airport was ranked the 17th busiest airport in India by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) registering a 23.1% growth in traffic over the previous year.

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, 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 handles international operations 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] Currently, Air India and AirAsia operate international flights to and from the Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar.


The Common User Domestic Cargo Terminal (CUDCT) of Biju Patnaik International Airport is currently under construction, though temporary terminal is handling the cargo operations to and from the state. This has opened up an avenue allowing state exporters to export goods faster to the Middle East and European destinations.

Coast Guard Air Enclave[edit]

The Coast Guard Air Enclave along with the 743 Dornier Squadron was commissioned by former Vice Admiral Anurag G Thapliyal, 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 Costal Odisha. [15]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur-International
Air India Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai
GoAir [16] Mumbai
IndiGo Bangalore, Chennai, 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 connected properly to the main city by public transport. The Bhubaneswar Railway Station is 2 – 3 km from the airport. Various cab services like OLA, Uber etc. also provide service from the airport to different parts of the city.[17]

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.[18]
  • 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.[19]
  • 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.[20]
  • 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.[21]

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.[22]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2017: Annexure-III" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 27 April 2017. p. 3. Retrieved 27 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2017: Annexure-IV" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 27 April 2017. p. 3. Retrieved 27 April 2017. 
  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. ^ "GoAir". GoAir. Retrieved 11 June 2017. 
  17. ^ "New airport terminal to be thrown open on March 5". Times of India. 20 February 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  18. ^ "Bhubaneswar's Biju Patnaik Airport wins award". 16 April 2013. 
  19. ^ "Odisha: Kalinga Safety Award to Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar". 
  20. ^ "Odisha's lone airport ranked 33rd in world; sixth in country". 20 March 2015. 
  21. ^ "Biju Patnaik International Airport Receives Meritorious Performance Awards on the National Conservancy Day". 15 December 2015. 
  22. ^ "IAF aircraft crash landed at Bhubaneswar". 22 December 2007. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 

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