Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport

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Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport
The front facade of Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport, Andal, Durgapur.jpg
Front facade of KNI Airport, Andal, Durgapur at night
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Ltd (BAPL)/Changi Airport Group
Serves Durgapur & Asansol
Location Andal, (Tamla Village and Patsaora Village) Paschim Burdwan - 713363, West Bengal India
Elevation AMSL 289 ft / 88 m
Coordinates 23°37′17″N 087°14′36″E / 23.62139°N 87.24333°E / 23.62139; 87.24333Coordinates: 23°37′17″N 087°14′36″E / 23.62139°N 87.24333°E / 23.62139; 87.24333
Website
  • www.bengalaero.com
  • www.kniairport.com
Map
 RDP  is located in India
 RDP
RDP
Location in India
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
16/34 2,800 9,186 Asphalt
Statistics (April 2017 - March 2018)
Passengers 5,377(Decrease-9.6%)
Aircraft movements 385 (Increase63.1%)
Source: AAI[2][3][4]

Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport (IATA: RDP, ICAO: VEDG), named after bengali poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, a project under Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Limited (BAPL), is a domestic airport located at Andal, West Bengal, India. The airport serves the industrial cities of Asansol and Durgapur. The airport is roughly 15 km from Durgapur's City Centre and 25 km from Asansol's City Bus Terminus in West Bengal, India. The airport's hinterland comprises the towns of Burdwan, Bankura, Bishnupur, Purulia, Sainthia, Suri, Bolpur, Rampurhat in South Bengal and Dhanbad & Bokaro in Jharkhand. It is part of the country's first private sector Aerotropolis, being developed by Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Limited (BAPL). The airport was officially inaugurated on 19 September 2013.[5] Durgapur Airport or Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport as the passenger movements for the year 2017-2018 is the 3rd busiest airport of West Bengal and the 83th busiest airport of India. [2]

History

The project was conceived in 2006-07 during the Left Front government. The State Government also has a 1.23 per cent stake through West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation. Singapore's Changi Airports International (CAI) has a 36 per cent stake in BAPL. Other Indian promoters include IL&FS, Pragati Social Infrastructure & Development, Pragati 47, Lend Lease Company India and Citystar Infrastructure. The airport has been built over 650 acres at a cost of Rs 600 crore.[6]

The airport received final operational clearance from the aviation regulator DGCA on 24 April 2015.[7] On 10 May 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi became the first passenger to use the new airport when he flew out to Delhi, aboard an Indian Air Force Boeing 737 VIP aircraft, even before commercial airlines started their regular service from the airport.[8] Scheduled commercial operation commenced on 18 May 2015.[9]Another Airlines Zoom Air had begun flights on the Delhi Kolkata Durgapur route but after three months it stopped its flight due to lack of passengers.

Facilities

Air Traffic Control, KNI Airport, Andal, Durgapur

The 5,750 square metre passenger terminal building has a capacity of 1 million passengers per annum and can be expanded in the future to a capacity to 2.5 million per annum. It has six check-in counters with Common Use Terminal equipment (CUTE) in the departure lounge and two baggage conveyor belts at the arrival hall.[10]

The airport's 2,800-metre runway is equipped with a CAT I instrument landing system (ILS) and can handle narrow-body aircraft like Airbus A320 and Boeing 737. The airport apron has four parking bays and a helipad. The airport is equipped with category VI firefighting and rescue capability.[10]

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Air India Delhi[11][12]

Statistic

Year Passengers Passengers % change Aircraft Movement Aircraft Movement % change
2017-2018 5,377 Decrease-6.9% [2] 385 Increase63.1% [3]
2016-2017 5,950 [13] Decrease-30.1% 236 [14] Decrease-53.4%
2015-2016 8,515 [13] - 506 [14] -

References

  1. ^ "Bengal's Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport receives final regulatory approval - The Economic Times". Economictimes.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2017-04-30. 
  2. ^ a b c "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-III" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 3. Retrieved 1 May 2018. 
  3. ^ a b "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-II" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 3. Retrieved 1 May 2018. 
  4. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-IV" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 3. Retrieved 1 May 2018. 
  5. ^ "Profile on Kazi Nazrul Islam International Airport". CAPA. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Rechristened Bengal aerotropolis unveiled". Business Standard. 20 September 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Bengal Aerotropolis Projects gets DGCA nod for airport". Business Standard. 27 April 2015. Retrieved 27 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "Narendra Modi first passenger to use Andal airport". The Economic Times. 11 May 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  9. ^ Mishra, Mihir (18 May 2015). "Air India operates inaugural flight between Durgapur & Kolkata". Economic Times. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "Aerotropolis to bank on service, not size". The Times of India. 10 February 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "Online Booking service: search and book your flights". Official website of Air India. Retrieved 15 April 2018. 
  12. ^ "Time tweak for Delhi take-off". The Telegraph. 12 April 2018. Retrieved 15 April 2018. 
  13. ^ a b "Traffic News for the month of March 2017: Annexure-III" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. pp. 3–4. Retrieved 1 May 2018. 
  14. ^ a b "Traffic News for the month of March 2017: Annexure-II" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. pp. 3–4. Retrieved 1 May 2018. 
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