Raja Bhoj Airport

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Raja Bhoj International Airport
Raja Bhoj International Airport (BHO) Bhopal India.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerMadhya Pradesh Government
OperatorAirports Authority of India
ServesBhopal, Sehore, Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh
LocationGandhi Nagar area which lies 15 km (9.3 mi) north-west of Bhopal city center on National Highway 12.
Hub forSpiceJet
Elevation AMSL1,719 ft / 524 m
Coordinates23°17′15″N 077°20′15″E / 23.28750°N 77.33750°E / 23.28750; 77.33750Coordinates: 23°17′15″N 077°20′15″E / 23.28750°N 77.33750°E / 23.28750; 77.33750
BHO is located in Madhya Pradesh
Location of airport in India
BHO is located in India
BHO (India)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
06/24 3,420 1,042 Bituminous tar/Asphalt
12/30 9,022 2,750 Asphalt
Statistics (April 2018 - March 2019)
Passenger movements810,307Increase 12.2%
Aircraft movements8,860 Increase 23%
Cargo tonnage1,746 Increase 51.4%
Source: AAI[1][2][3]

Raja Bhoj Airport (IATA: BHO, ICAO: VABP) is the primary airport serving Bhopal in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. It is located in Gandhi Nagar area which lies 15 km (9.3 mi) north-west of Bhopal city centre on National Highway 12.It is the second busiest airport in Madhya Pradesh after Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport in Indore. The airport is named after the 10th century Paramara king Raja Bhoj.


The length of the runway strip was increased to 2,744 metres (9,003 ft), making it possible for larger aircraft to land at Bhopal.[4] The first direct seasonal international flight from Bhopal was to Jeddah, a Hajj charter flown by Saudia on 23 October 2010 for Hajj travellers.[5]

In 2013, the airport became the first airport in the state to use solar power for running its utility grid system. 100-kilowatt solar power plant was made operational in June 2013, with plans to install a 2 megawatt solar power plant at the airport in the future.[6] The airport has night landing facilities, an Instrument Landing System (ILS) and CAT VII fire services.[7]

View of the apron from the aerobridge.

In 2019, the airport started the installation process of its third aerobridge and also got approval to install a fourth one by the end of the year. [8] A new Rapid Intervention Vehicle (RIV) loaded with world-class fire fighting equipments has also been added to the fire fighting capabilities of Bhopal Airport. [9]

Integrated terminal[edit]

The new integrated terminal building worth Rs 135 crore was inaugurated on 28 June 2011 by the then Civil Aviation minister, Vayalar Ravi.[10] The state government had given 400 acres of land for the construction of international terminal. The terminal building is built over an area of 26,936 square metres (289,940 sq ft) and has 14 check-in counters, 4 immigration counters for departures and 6 immigration counters for arrival. It also has twenty-two customs counters, 11 for arrival and 11 for departure, and six X-ray machines for security.[7] The terminal, now, also has an eatery and a few retail stores, that were developed as part of the Airport Authority of India (AAI) scheme of master concessionaire. The terminal is connected with 2 aerobridges.[11]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Air India Delhi, Mumbai, Pune
Hajj: Jeddah
Alliance Air Jaipur, Raipur[12]
IndiGoBengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai [13]
SpiceJet Ahmedabad (Begins 25th July 2019), Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur (Begins 25th July 2019), Mumbai, Shirdi, Surat, Udaipur[14]


  1. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-III" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 4. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-II" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 4. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-IV" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 4. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Direct Haj flight from Bhopal". Hindustan Times. 3 June 2010. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  5. ^ "First direct flight from Bhopal to Jeddah from tomorrow". The Times of India. 21 October 2010. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Raja Bhoj airport all set to use solar energy". Hindustan Times. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  7. ^ a b "New terminal of Bhopal international airport opened for public" (PDF). Airports International Indian edition. August 2011. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  8. ^ "Third and fourth aerobridge at Bhopal Airport". 22 May 2019. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  9. ^ "New RIV at Bhopal Airport". 16 May 2019. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  10. ^ "New terminal of Bhopal international airport opened for public". Daily News & Analysis. 28 June 2011. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  11. ^ "Soon, MNC restaurant at Bhopal airport for quality food - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  12. ^ a b "Air India and Alliance Air schedule list". airindia.in. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  13. ^ "Flight Schedule for Domestic & International Flights". IndiGo. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  14. ^ "SpiceJet flight schedules". Official Website of SpiceJet. Retrieved 11 September 2018.

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