Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport

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Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi Airport
Guwahati Airport in 2011.jpg
Summary
Airport typeCivil Enclave
OwnerAirports Authority of India
OperatorAdani Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi Airport Limited
ServesGuwahati
LocationBorjhar
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL49 m / 162 ft
Coordinates26°06′22″N 091°35′09″E / 26.10611°N 91.58583°E / 26.10611; 91.58583Coordinates: 26°06′22″N 091°35′09″E / 26.10611°N 91.58583°E / 26.10611; 91.58583
Websitewww.aai.aero/en/airports/guwahati
Map
GAU is located in Assam
GAU
GAU
GAU is located in India
GAU
GAU
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02/20 3,110 10,200 Asphalt
Statistics (April 2019– March 2020)
Passengers5,457,449(Decrease5.0%)
Aircraft movements45,539(Decrease2.6%)
Cargo tonnage13856(Decrease29.3%)
Source: AAI[1][2][3]

Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi Airport (IATA: GAU, ICAO: VEGT), also known as Guwahati Airport and formerly as 'Borjhar Airport', is the primary airport of the North-Eastern states of India. It is the 8th busiest airport in India. It is located at Borjhar, 26 km (16 mi) from Dispur, the capital city of the state of Assam and 28 km (18 mi) from Guwahati and is named after Late Gopinath Bordoloi, a freedom fighter and the first Chief Minister of Assam after India's independence. The airport is managed by Airports Authority of India and also serves as an Indian Air Force base.

History[edit]

Domestic security check area of the airport
Boarding gates of the airport

The airport has undergone numerous expansions and renovations since its establishment in 1958. It handled more than 3.7 million passengers in 2017, an increase of 36% from 2016. The LGBI Airport has witnessed annual traffic of over 23% in 2018–19 with a total footfall of 5.7 million passengers and 55,066 aircraft movements in the same period. The existing terminal building at the airport has a maximum handling capacity of 850 arrival/departure passengers an hour.[4]

In 2002, the first international flight operated by Air India from Guwahati to Bangkok, using an A310 aircraft, becoming the first international airport in the North-East region.[5][6] However, the flight was withdrawn due to poor passenger load.

In January 2019, Guwahati won bids for two international destinations under the UDAN scheme, destinations being most anticipated Dhaka and Bangkok-Don Mueang.

Privatisation[edit]

In February 2019, the Airport has been privatised and given on lease for 50 years to Adani Group at highest bid of Rs. 160 per passenger.[7]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
AirAsia IndiaBangalore, Delhi, Imphal, Kolkata, Mumbai
Air India Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Imphal, Kolkata, Lilabari
Alliance AirDimapur, Imphal, Kolkata, Lilabari, Pasighat, Tezpur
Druk AirBangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Paro, Singapore
Charter: Ho Chi Minh City [8]
GoAirAizawl, Bagdogra, Delhi, Kolkata
IndiGoAgartala, Ahmedabad, Aizawl,[9] Bagdogra, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Dibrugarh, Hyderabad, Imphal, Jaipur, Jorhat, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Silchar, Varanasi[10]
SpiceJet Bagdogra, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Patna,[11] Silchar
VistaraDelhi

Cargo[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
SpiceXpress Hong Kong[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2020: Annexure-III" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. p. 3. Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2020: Annexure-II" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. p. 3. Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  3. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2020: Annexure-IV" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. p. 3. Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  4. ^ Bikash Singh (22 September 2019). "Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal flags off Guwahati-Bangkok flight". Economic Times.
  5. ^ PTI (4 April 2002). "Guwahati joins international air route | India News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  6. ^ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Guwahati-joins-international-air-route/articleshow/5884951.cms
  7. ^ "Adani Group emerges highest bidder for Guwahati airport". Economic Times. 26 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Druk Air adds Ho Chi Minh City charters in late-Jan 2020". Airlineroute. Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  9. ^ "IndiGo to launch direct flights from Guwahati to Aizawl and Varanasi". NorthEast Now. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  10. ^ "IndiGo to launch direct flights from Guwahati to Aizawl and Varanasi". NorthEast Now. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  11. ^ "SpiceJet to commence Guwahati-Patna service in Mar-2020". CAPA. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  12. ^ "SG(GAU-HKG) Cargo". Archived from the original on 22 January 2019. Retrieved 22 January 2019.

External links[edit]

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