Gaya Airport

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Gaya Airport
Bodhgaya Airport
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Airports Authority of India
Serves Gaya
Location Gaya, India
Elevation AMSL 116 m / 380 ft
Coordinates 24°44′40″N 084°57′04″E / 24.74444°N 84.95111°E / 24.74444; 84.95111Coordinates: 24°44′40″N 084°57′04″E / 24.74444°N 84.95111°E / 24.74444; 84.95111
Website Gaya Airport
Map
GAY is located in Bihar
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GAY is located in India
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Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 2,286 7,500 Asphalt
Statistics (2014-15)
Passenger movements 127,366(Increase24.6%)
Aircraft movements 1,635(Increase13.8%)
Source: AAI,[1]

Gaya Airport, also known as Bodhgaya Airport, (IATA: GAYICAO: VEGY) is a public airport serving Gaya, Bihar, India. This airport is 5 kilometres away from the temple city of Bodhgaya which is Gautama Buddha's place of enlightenment. It is the second busiest airport in Bihar after Patna.The airport operates mainly seasonal pilgrimage flights from Thailand, Myanmar, Bhutan and Sri lanka as being the gateway to the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site in the world Bodh Gaya. Air India is the only Indian airline that operates scheduled flights from the airport .

Overview[edit]

Gaya airport is spread over an area of 954 acres. An additional 100 acres of land is under encroachment while another 100 acres of land from four villages is to be acquired for runway expansion. The airport terminal building, spread over 7,500 square meters can handle 250 incoming and 250 outgoing passengers. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) plans to develop the airport as a standby to the Kolkata Airport.[2]

Minister of State for Civil Aviation K C Venugopal had informed the Rajya Sabha on 28 August 2013 that Airports Authority of India (AAI) has requested the government of Bihar for a further acquisition of around 200 acres to allow the airport to be expanded.

This airport is mainly seasonal and primarily caters to Buddhist tourists coming from Sri Lanka and South East Asian countries like Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, etc.[3]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air India Delhi, Kolkata, Varanasi, Yangon
Bhutan Airlines Seasonal: Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Paro[4]
Drukair Seasonal: Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Paro [5]
Myanmar Airways International Mandalay, Yangon
Myanmar National Airlines Seasonal: Yangon
SriLankan Airlines Seasonal: Colombo
Thai AirAsia Charter: Bangkok–Don Mueang[6]
Thai Smile Seasonal: Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
Thai Vietjet Air Seasonal: Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
Vietnam Airlines Seasonal: Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Ho Chi Minh City

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

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