Swami Vivekananda Airport

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Swami Vivekananda Airport
Raipur Airport New Terminal.jpg
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Government of India
Operator Airports Authority of India
Location Raipur, Chhattisgarh
Elevation AMSL 317 m / 1,041 ft
Coordinates 21°10′52″N 081°44′18.5″E / 21.18111°N 81.738472°E / 21.18111; 81.738472Coordinates: 21°10′52″N 081°44′18.5″E / 21.18111°N 81.738472°E / 21.18111; 81.738472
Website www.aai.aero/allAirports/raipur_generalinfo.jsp
Map
RPR is located in Chhattisgarh
RPR
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RPR is located in India
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Location of airport in India
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 3,251 (Newly upgraded) 10,777 Asphalt
Helipads
Number Length Surface
m ft
H1 20 65 Concrete
Statistics (April 2016 - March 2017)
Passenger movements 1,396,179(Increase15.7)
Aircraft movements 11,280(Increase10.8)
Cargo tonnage 4,561(Increase4.8)
Source: AAI[1] [2] [3]

Swami Vivekananda Airport (IATA: RPRICAO: VERP) (formerly known as Mana Airport) is the primary airport serving the state of Chhattisgarh, India. The airport is centrally located at Mana, 15 km (9.3 mi) south of Raipur between the old city and the new seat of the state government Naya Raipur. It is the 28th busiest airport in India. The Airport is one of the 35 non-metro airports recently modernised by the Airports Authority of India (AAI).

Swami Vivekananda after whom the Airport is named.

On 24 January 2012, the Union cabinet of India approved the State Government's proposal for renaming Raipur airport after the well known Indian saint Swami Vivekananda who spent 2 years of his teenage in Raipur.[4]

The airfield is equipped with night landing facilities and a CAT-1 Instrument Landing System (ILS) as well as Navigational facilities like DVOR, DME, and an NDB. [5]

Terminals[edit]

New integrated terminal[edit]

A new integrated terminal covering an area of 18,500 m2 (4.6 acres) has been constructed by a joint venture of Era Infra Engineering and KMB from Ukraine at a cost of 136 crore (US$21 million).[6] It was inaugurated on 7 November 2012 by President Pranab Mukherjee.[7][8] The new terminal has 2 aero-bridges, 20 check-in counters, 2 x-ray luggage machines, 3 security check points and 3 conveyor belts for luggage. The building is designed to handle 700 passengers including 200 international flyers at a time.[9][10][11][12]

Cargo terminal[edit]

Fulfilling the long pending demand of the state to start air cargo operations, AAI has converted the old terminal building into Common User Domestic Cargo Terminal (CUDCT). The facility was inaugurated on 4 June 2016. Ahmedabad based GSEC Limited has bagged the contract to operate and maintain the cargo terminal for an initial period of five years.[13]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air India Delhi, Nagpur, Visakhapatnam (resumes 01 July 2017)[14]
IndiGo Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Indore, Kochi(begins 1st July 2017), Kolkata, Mumbai, Patna
Jet Airways Bhopal, Mumbai
Air Odisha Bilaspur, Jagdalpur (both begins late of sep 2017)

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • Ranked Number 1 in overall customer satisfaction (July-Dec 2014) in Non-Metro Category. With a score of 4.75 on a scale of 5.00, the airport topped the list of 10 best non-metro airports in the country operated by Airports Authority of India (AAI).[15][16]
  • 'Best Airport of the Country in Non-Metro Category' for the year 2013 by the Union Tourism Ministry.[10][17]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • 7 August 2015: United Airways (Bangladesh) flight UBD 585 (a McDonnell Douglas MD-83 bearing tail number S2 - AEI), flying from Dhaka to Muscat with 173 passengers on board, made an emergency landing at the airport after suffering an engine failure. All the passengers, crew, and the aircraft were reported to be safe upon landing.[18]
  • 8 May 2015: IndiGo flight 6E 245 from Kolkata, still taxiing clear off the runway after landing, averted a major mishap when Jet Airways flight 9W 377 from Mumbai too landed on the same runway. Among the passengers on board the IndiGo flight were members of the Indian Premier League team Delhi Daredevils, including Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan.[19]
  • 15 June 2012: A Border Security Force (BSF) operated HAL Dhruv, registered VT - BSN, lost altitude during a test flight at the airport dropping from a height of 100 ft. Three occupants were injured including one of the pilots sustaining serious injuries. The chopper had incurred substantial damage in the accident.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2017: Annexure-III" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 27 April 2017. p. 3. Retrieved 27 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2017: Annexure-II" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 27 April 2017. p. 3. Retrieved 27 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2017: Annexure-IV" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 27 April 2017. p. 3. Retrieved 27 April 2017. 
  4. ^ "Welcome to Swami Vivekananda airport!". Daily Bhaskar.com. 25 January 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  5. ^ AAI website, retrieved 25 January 2012 
  6. ^ "Era Infra to revamp Raipur Airport". Business Standard. 10 September 2008. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  7. ^ President inaugurates a new integrated terminal of Raipur Airport. Newstrackindia.com (7 November 2012).
  8. ^ http://india.nydailynews.com/business/99acc9e938d6aca0092c74cf633c39a4/pranab-inaugurates-new-airport-terminal-in-chhattisgarh Pranab inaugurates new airport terminal in Chhattisgarh - NY Daily News | NewsCred SmartWire. India.nydailynews.com (7 November 2012).
  9. ^ "Pranab hopes Raipur airport’s new terminal will support Chhattisgarh’s growth". The Hindu. 2012-11-08. Retrieved 2017-04-29. 
  10. ^ a b "National awards rain on Chhattisgarh". Dailypioneer.com. 2014-02-19. Retrieved 2017-04-29. 
  11. ^ "Mana airport's swanky avatar to be ready by year end". Daily Bhaskar.com. 9 May 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "Raipur airport to be upgradeed with Rs. 1.36 bn investment". TwoCircles.net. 20 February 2009. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  13. ^ Share on FacebookShare on Twitter (2016-06-04). "Cargo terminal inaugurated at Raipur airport | Raipur News - Times of India". M.timesofindia.com. Retrieved 2017-04-29. 
  14. ^ "Air India Schedules". Air India. Retrieved 23 May 2017. 
  15. ^ Share on Twitter (2014-11-23). "Raipur airport ranks at top in customer satisfaction - Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2017-04-29. 
  16. ^ Share on Twitter (2014-11-24). "MIA improves ranking in customer satisfaction survey in round II - Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2017-04-29. 
  17. ^ "Airports Authority of India". Aai.aero. 2016-09-20. Retrieved 2017-04-29. 
  18. ^ Share on FacebookShare on Twitter (2015-09-02). "Probe into emergency landing of Bangladesh plane commences | Raipur News - Times of India". M.timesofindia.com. Retrieved 2017-04-29. 
  19. ^ "Air scare: Narrow escape for Delhi Daredevils at Raipur Airport - Sports". M.mid-day.com. 2015-05-08. Retrieved 2017-04-29. 
  20. ^ "ASN Aircraft incident 15-JAN-2012 HAL Dhruv VT-BSN". Aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 2017-04-29. 

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