Biju Patnaik Airport (IATA: BBI, ICAO: VEBS), also known as the Bhubaneswar Airport, is the primary international airport serving Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha. It is named after the former chief minister of Odisha, Biju Patnaik, who was also a famed aviator and freedom fighter. On 5 March 2013, a new terminal (T1) was inaugurated by Minister of Civil Aviation, Ajit Singh. This terminal caters to all domestic flights whereas the other terminal (T2) has been refurbished to support international operations. The airport is spread over an area of 836 acres. The Government of India accorded international status to the airport on 30 October 2013. As per latest reports, Bhubaneswar Airport was ranked the 15th busiest airport in India by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) & 11th among Airport maintained by AAI registering a 39.4% growth in traffic over the previous year.
|Biju Patnaik Airport|
|Owner/Operator||Airports Authority of India|
|Location||Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India|
|Opened||17 April 1962|
|Hub for||Air Odisha|
|Elevation AMSL||42 m / 138 ft|
|Website||Biju Patnaik International Airport|
|Statistics (April 2017 – March 2018)|
Inaugurated in March 2013, the terminal has a capacity of 4 million passengers per annum and was built at a cost of Rs 145 crore. The new terminal has been developed by the AAI as part of the upgrade of 35 non-metro airports across the country. Terminal T1, a two-storied building with a total area of 18,240 square metres (196,300 sq ft), consists of 2 aerobridges, 4 elevators, several escalators, 18 check-in counters, 3 arrival luggage conveyors, a spa, and multiple seating areas. Apart from the Departure and Arrival Lounges, T1 terminal also has several other lounges, including VIP Lounges, Pal Heights Spa Lounge, Dakota Lounge and Mayfair Lounge. The terminal is environment-friendly, built according to green building standards, with sewage treatment plants and provision for rain water harvesting. The internal walls of the terminal are decorated with tribal motifs, designs, masks, and sculptures derived from Odisha's culture. The new terminal also has food kiosks, gift shops, bookstores, art galleries and handloom/handicraft kiosks. The terminal was built by Lanco Infratech (Octamec).
Terminal 2 handles international operations to and from the Biju Patnaik International Airport. It was built in the mid 1960s to cater domestic flights. The terminal being built over an area of 5,178 square metres (55,740 sq ft), consists of 6 check-in counters, 10 immigration counters, 4 customs counters, numerous amenities and multiple seating areas.
The Coast Guard Air Enclave along with the 743 Dornier Squadron was commissioned by former Vice Admiral Shashwat Kumar sahoo, Director General of the Indian Coast Guard in Biju Patnaik International Airport on the 15th of December 2014. The units operate under the operational and administrative control of the Commander of the Coast Guard Region (North East) through the Commander, Coast Guard District No 7 (Odisha). Several strategic air operations are streamlined and synergized for the protection of the sea areas off the Coastal Odisha.
|AirAsia India||Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata|
|Air India||Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai|
|Air Odisha||Jharsuguda, Raipur, Rourkela|
|IndiGo||Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati (begins 29 October 2018), Hyderabad, Kochi (begins 1 December 2018), Kolkata, Mumbai, Visakhapatnam|
|Thai AirAsia||Bangkok–Don Mueang (begins 7 December 2018)|
Biju Patnaik International Airport is situated around 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) away from the Bhubaneswar city center. It is well connected to the main city by the means of public transportation.
The nearest railway station from the airport is Lingaraj Temple Road Railway Station i.e. 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) away whereas the main station Bhubaneswar Railway Station is 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) from the airport.
The airport is well connected to the main city by the means Odisha State Road Transport Corporation and Bhubaneswar City Bus services plying to remote locations across the city as well as Odisha's neighboring states. Biju Patnaik International Airport is 4.9 kilometres (3.0 mi) from the Interstate Bus Terminus (ISBT) at Baramunda i.e. the main bus terminus in the city.