Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport

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Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport
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Guwahati Airport Entrance.jpg
Summary
Airport typeCivil Enclave
OwnerAirports Authority of India
OperatorAdani Group
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.adani.com/lgbia-guwahati-airport
Map
GAU is located in Assam
GAU
GAU
GAU is located in India
GAU
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Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02/20 3,110 10,200 Asphalt
Statistics (April 2020– March 2021)
Passengers2,189,135(Decrease59.9)
Aircraft movements23,442(Decrease48.5%)
Cargo tonnage15,951(Decrease25.0%)
Source: AAI[1][2][3]

Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport (IATA: GAU, ICAO: VEGT), also known as Guwahati International Airport and formerly as 'Borjhar Airport', is the primary airport of the North-Eastern states of India. It is the 12th 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 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 LGB 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an Airbus A310 aircraft, becoming the first international airport in the North-East region.[5] However, the flight was withdrawn due to poor passenger load.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.

In November 2021, Guwahati won bids for six international destinations under the UDAN scheme – Dhaka, Bangkok–Don Mueang, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Yangon.[6]

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]

Statistics[edit]

Annual passenger traffic at GAU airport. See source Wikidata query.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
AirAsia IndiaBangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Imphal, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai
Air India Bangalore, Delhi, Dimapur, Imphal, Kolkata, Lilabari
Alliance AirDimapur, Imphal, Kolkata, Pasighat,[8] Shillong
FlyBigKolkata, Pasighat, Patna,[9] Rupsi[10]
Go First[11] Aizawl, Bagdogra, Delhi, Kolkata
IndiGoAgartala, Aizawl,[12] Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Dibrugarh, Hyderabad, Imphal, Jaipur, Jorhat, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Patna, Pune,[13] Silchar[14]
SpiceJet Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Durgapur,[15] Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Patna,[16] Silchar
Vistara Bangalore,[17] Delhi[18]

Cargo[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
SpiceXpress Hong Kong[19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Annexure III - Passenger Data" (PDF). www.aai.aero. Retrieved 19 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Annexure II - Aircraft Movement Data" (PDF). www.aai.aero. Retrieved 19 May 2021.
  3. ^ "Annexure IV - Freight Movement Data" (PDF). www.aai.aero. Retrieved 19 May 2021.
  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". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Six new flights to Southeast Asian nations from Guwahati soon". The Times of India. 9 November 2021. Retrieved 15 December 2021.
  7. ^ "Adani Group emerges highest bidder for Guwahati airport". Economic Times. PTI. 26 February 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2022.
  8. ^ "Alliance Air Schedule". Retrieved 25 March 2021.
  9. ^ "Flybig Website". www.flybig.in. Retrieved 17 April 2022.
  10. ^ "Air connectivity boost under UDAN! Rupsi Airport in Assam to start operations from Saturday". www.financialexpress.com. Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  11. ^ "Budget airline GoAir rebrands as Go First".
  12. ^ "IndiGo to launch direct flights from Guwahati to Aizawl and Varanasi". NorthEast Now. 3 January 2020. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  13. ^ "Scindia inaugurates IndiGo's Guwahati-Pune flight". EastMojo. 16 December 2021. Retrieved 16 December 2021.
  14. ^ "IndiGo to launch direct flights from Guwahati to Aizawl and Varanasi". NorthEast Now. 3 January 2020. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  15. ^ "SpiceJet to launch 60 new flights in Summer Schedule 2022". www.timesnownews.com. Times Now News. 14 March 2022. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  16. ^ "SpiceJet to commence Guwahati-Patna service in Mar-2020". CAPA. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  17. ^ "Vistara Flight Schedule". www.airvistara.com. Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  18. ^ "Vistara Flight Schedule". www.airvistara.com. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  19. ^ "SG(GAU-HKG) Cargo". Archived from the original on 22 January 2019. Retrieved 22 January 2019.

External links[edit]

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