Raja Bhoj Airport

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Raja Bhoj Airport
Raja Bhoj International Airport (BHO) Bhopal India.jpg
New Terminal of the airport
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Madhya Pradesh Government
Operator Airports Authority of India
Serves Bhopal, Sehore, Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh
Location Gandhi Nagar area which lies 15 km (9.3 mi) north-west of Bhopal city center on National Highway 12.
Elevation AMSL 1,719 ft / 524 m
Coordinates 23°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
Map
BHO is located in Madhya Pradesh
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Location of airport in India
BHO is located in India
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BHO (India)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
06/24 3,420 1,042 Bituminous tar/Asphalt
12/30 9,022 2,750 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passenger movements 722,243 Increase 6.8%
Aircraft movements 7,205 Increase 3.7%
Cargo tonnage 1,153 Increase 27.5%
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.

Development

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 become 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]

Integrated terminal

The new integrated terminal building worth Rs 135 crore was inaugurated on 28 June 2011 by the then Civil Aviation minister, Vayalar Ravi.[8] 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, four immigration counters for departures and 6 immigration counters for arrival. It also has two customs counters, each for arrival and 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.[9]

View of the apron from the terminal.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Air India Delhi, Mumbai
Alliance Air Jaipur, Raipur
IndiGo Hyderabad (begins 5 January 2019) [10]
Jet Airways Delhi, Mumbai
Spice Jet Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Shirdi, Bengaluru(Begins 06th January 2019) [11]

References

  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. ^ "New terminal of Bhopal international airport opened for public". Daily News & Analysis. 28 June 2011. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Soon, MNC restaurant at Bhopal airport for quality food - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  10. ^ "IndiGo Hyderabad to Bhopal". timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2018-11-28. Retrieved 2018-12-02.
  11. ^ "SpiceJet flight schedules". www.spicejet.com.

External links

  • Media related to Raja Bhoj Airport at Wikimedia Commons
  • Raja Bhoj Airport (Airports Authority of India web site)
  • Airport information for VABP at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
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