Biju Patnaik Airport (IATA: BBI, ICAO: VEBS), also known as Bhubaneswar Airport, is situated in the city of Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India. It is currently the only major airport in Orissa. It is named after the former Chief Minister of Orissa Biju Patnaik, who was also a famed aviator and freedom fighter.
Planned international airport
In keeping with the rapid pace of industrialization taking place in Orissa, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has recently announced a plan for the construction of a new integrated international airport complex at Bhubaneswar by 2010. AAI will invest over US $50 million (Rs. 2.5 billion) for this project that would make Biju Patnaik airport a major airport in eastern India, and a viable alternative to the one at Kolkata.
The state government of Orissa has provided 70 acres (280,000 m2) for the expansion of the runway to 10,500 ft (3,200 m), to handle Boeing 747 aircraft. The runway extension is expected to be commissioned in September 2006. The new terminal building will follow a modular design, with glass glazing, aerobridges with glass walls, and an inline baggage x-ray. The expansion also includes building a parallel taxi track for the airport and enhancing cargo handling facilities that could handle up to 30 aircraft per hour. A commercial complex for multiplex, shopping complex, hotel and other commercial establishments under the public-private partnership (PPP) near the airport, to support 500 passengers at a time.
London based Global Technical Advisory (GTA) has been asked to prepare a master plan for upgradation of Bhubaneswar airport as the AAI desires to make this the best in eastern India.
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Photo taken in Aerodrome Area, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751020, India
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