Coimbatore International Airport
|Coimbatore International Airport|
|Owner||Government of India|
|Operator||Airports Authority of India|
|Serves||Coimbatore Metropolitan Area|
|Location||Peelamedu, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Elevation AMSL||400 m / 1,311 ft|
|Statistics (April 2017 - March 2018)|
Coimbatore International Airport (IATA: CJB, ICAO: VOCB) is the primary airport serving the city of Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. It is located at Peelamedu, about 12 km (7.5 mi) from the center of the city. It is the 18th busiest airport in India in terms of passengers handled, 18th busiest in terms of total aircraft movement and 15th busiest in terms of cargo handled. The airport is the second largest airport in the state in terms of runway length, aircraft movement, passenger traffic and cargo after Chennai International Airport in Tamil Nadu. The airport is served by seven Indian and three foreign carriers providing direct connectivity to 15 domestic and three international destinations.
The airport commenced operations in 1940 as a civil aerodrome with Indian Airlines operating Fokker F27, Douglas DC-3 and later Hawker Siddeley HS 748 aircraft. Beginning with services to Chennai and Bangalore, other destinations like Cochin and Mumbai were added later. The airport was modernized with an extended runway to accommodate larger aircraft like the Boeing 737 and was reopened in 1987. The Sulur Air Force Base located further east of Coimbatore was temporarily used for civil aviation during this period. As of 2017, the airport is served by seven domestic and three international carriers.
The Prime Minister of India declared the government's intention to upgrade Coimbatore Airport to International status in a meeting with senior ministers on 6 June 2012 and the Union Cabinet granted it the status of international airport on 2 October 2012.
The airport has one runway that is 9,760 ft (2,970 m) in length extended from 8,500 ft (2,600 m) to accommodate larger aircraft. In 2008, the airport was expanded at a cost of ₹780 million (US$11 million) with aero bridges, parking bays and Instrument Landing System (ILS). In 2010, new domestic and international divisions were added to the already existing common terminal.
The airport has a parking management system with a capacity to accommodate nearly 300 cars. There are two hangars in the airport; one provides housing for the planes of Coimbatore Flying Club, the other provides shelter for private carriers.
The further proposed expansion of the airport includes extension of runway to 12,500 ft (3,800 m) to accommodate larger aircraft such as the Boeing 787 and construction of a parallel taxiway to the runway to minimize runway occupancy time and turnaround time of aircraft. Construction of two additional parking bays and two new aerobridges are presently underway.
Airlines and destinations
|Air India||Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai|
|Air India Express||Delhi, Singapore|
|Alliance Air||Bangalore, Chennai, Goa, Hyderabad, Kochi, Pune|
|IndiGo||Agartala, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Surat, Visakhapatnam|
|Jet Airways||Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune|
|SpiceJet||Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai , Delhi|
The airport is located on Avinashi Road about 10 km (6.2 mi) from the central bus station. Frequent bus services are available from Gandhipuram central bus station and also from other auxiliary bus stations at Singanallur and Ukkadam. The airport is 11 km (6.8 mi) from the major railway station, Coimbatore Junction and the nearest rail stations are at Singanallur and Peelamedu. Cab services, call taxis and auto rickshaws provide 24 hours commuting services to the airport.
- On 13 December 1950, a Douglas DC-3 (registered VT-CFK) carrying 17 passengers and four crew from Bombay to Coimbatore, crashed into high ground near Kotagiri due to a navigational error, killing all on board.
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