Coimbatore International Airport
|Coimbatore International Airport
கோயம்புத்தூர் பன்னாட்டு வானூர்தி நிலையம்
|Owner||Government of India|
|Operator||Airports Authority of India|
|Serves||Coimbatore Metropolitan Area|
|Location||Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Elevation AMSL||1,311 ft / 400 m|
Coimbatore International Airport (IATA: CJB, ICAO: VOCB) is the primary airport serving the city of Coimbatore in South India. It is located at Peelamedu, about 13 km (8.1 mi) from the center of the city. Previously known as Peelamedu Civil Aerodrome, it is the 15th largest airport in India in terms of total aircraft movement, 18th largest in terms of passengers handled and 13th largest in terms of cargo handled. About 7 domestic and 3 international airlines connect to the airport.
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 2012, the airport is served by more than ten domestic and 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 970 feet (300 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$12 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 747 and Airbus A380 and construction of a parallel taxiway to the runway to minimize runway occupancy time and turnaround time of aircraft. Two more parking bays will be added, raising the total number of bays to 10.
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.
Airlines and destinations
Primarily a domestic airport, the airport had provisions for, and has been operating certain international flights primarily from Sharjah since the 1990s and from Singapore since 2006. Srilankan Airlines operated to Colombo before the service was suspended due to security concerns. flyDubai has shown interest to connect to Dubai. Air Carnival, a regional airline plans to start operations in 2015 with the airport as the main hub. The airport will become TruJet's base in the state when the airline expands its operations. Regional carriers Air Pegasus and Air Kerala have shown interest in flying to the airport.
|Air Costa||Bangalore, Hyderabad, Tirupati, Vijayawada|
|IndiGo||Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai|
|Jet Airways||Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai|
|SpiceJet||Ahmedabad, Chennai, Hyderabad|
|Blue Dart Aviation||Chennai, Delhi|
|Yanda Airlines||Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Sharjah|
- On 17 November 2007, a major accident was averted when the wing of a SpiceJet Boeing 737, bound for New Delhi with 130 passengers, almost struck the wing of a stationary Air Deccan A320 aircraft.
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