Coimbatore International Airport

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Coimbatore International Airport
Coimbatore Airport.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerGovernment of India
OperatorAirports Authority of India
ServesCoimbatore Metropolitan Area
LocationPeelamedu, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
Elevation AMSL400 m / 1,311[1] ft
Coordinates11°01′36″N 077°02′30″E / 11.02667°N 77.04167°E / 11.02667; 77.04167Coordinates: 11°01′36″N 077°02′30″E / 11.02667°N 77.04167°E / 11.02667; 77.04167
CJB is located in Tamil Nadu
CJB is located in India
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 2,970 9,760 Asphalt
Statistics (April 2018 – March 2019)
Passenger movements3,000,882 (Increase24.8%)
Aircraft movements25,253 (Increase16.9%)
Cargo tonnage12,865 (Increase23%)
Source: AAI[2][3][4]

Coimbatore International Airport[5] (IATA: CJB, ICAO: VOCB) is the primary airport serving the city of Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. It is located within the city at Peelamedu, about 10 km (6.2 mi) from the center of the city. It is the 18th busiest airport in India for passengers handled, 18th busiest for total aircraft movement and 15th busiest for cargo handled. This airport is second largest airport in the state for Terminal Area, runway length, aircraft movement, passenger traffic and cargo after Chennai International Airport in Tamil Nadu. The airport is served by five Indian and three foreign carriers providing direct connectivity to 12 domestic and 3 International destinations.


The airport commenced operations in 1940 as a civil aerodrome with Air India's domestic service under the Tatas before nationalization of Air India, operating Fokker F27, Douglas DC-3 and later Hawker Siddeley HS 748 aircraft. Earlier it was recorded as Peelamedu Civil Aerodrome in Aviation registries. Beginning with services to Chennai and Bangalore, other destinations like Cochin and Mumbai were added later. Between 1984 and 1988, the airport runway was closed for runway extension to accommodate larger aircraft like the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320, during which time the  Sulur Air Force Base located further east of Coimbatore was temporarily used for civil aviation during this period. In 1992 a new terminal was built to accommodate more passengers and this was further expanded in 2015 with a new building with more floor space for departures.[citation needed]

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[6] and the Union Cabinet granted it the status of international airport on 2 October 2012.[7]


Aerial view of the airport in 2016.

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.[8] 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).[9] 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.[10] 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.[11] Construction of two additional parking bays and two new aerobridges are presently underway.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Air Arabia Sharjah
Air India Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai
Air India Express Delhi, Singapore
Alliance Air Chennai
IndiGoBangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Visakhapatnam
Scoot Singapore
SpiceJet Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai
SriLankan Airlines Colombo–Bandaranaike


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) of Air India 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.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Coimbatore Airport". Archived from the original on 8 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2019: Annexure-III" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 3. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2019: Annexure-II" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 3. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-IV" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 3. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Coimbatore Airport". Archived from the original on 4 August 2015. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Prime Minister holds infrastructure meet, but Mukul Roy is missing". NDTV. 6 June 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2012. Prime Minister said this year will see a series of new projects being commissioned, including international airports for Lucknow, Varanasi, Coimbatore, Trichy and Gaya
  7. ^ "Cabinet grants international airport status to five airports". The Economic Times. New Delhi. 4 October 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
  8. ^ "Extended runway ready at Coimbatore Airport". The Hindu. 20 April 2008. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Coimbatore airport to get a new look". The Hindu. 29 October 2007. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  10. ^ "New parking system at Coimbatore Airport". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 1 April 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  11. ^ Palaniappan, V. S. (19 May 2012). "Airport land acquisition process under way". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  12. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-48C-DO (DC-3) VT-CFK". Archived from the original on 23 November 2015. Retrieved 13 September 2015.

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