Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar, christened after the legendary leader of Odisha Sh. Bijayananada Patnaik, is owned, managed and operated by Airports Authority of India (AAI), along with 117 other airports, including 25 Civil Enclaves. Situated 3kms southwest from Bhubaneswar Railway Station, it connects Odisha with Delhi, Mumbai, Hyedrabad, Kolkata, Bangalore, Vishakhapatnam and Port Blair, by air. There has been a significant growth in the passenger movement in the last couple of years with an almost 50% increase in the number of aircraft movements since 2009.
Bhubaneswar Airport received the “International” status in November, 2013, but only few international charter flights have operated since then. Recently, Government declared that Air India is likely to start International Flight from Bhubaneswar to Dubai from 10.07.2015.
Due to the recent boom in investments in the real estates, infrastructure, retail and hospitality sectors in Odisha, the demand for better connectivity with the world led to the plans of renovating and re-equipping the airport, with an aim to upgrade it as an International Airport. The previous domestic terminal building has been modified and converted into the International Terminal Building (T2) which is structured on an area of 6264 Sq Mts having the Peak Hour Capacity of 400 Pax(200 Arriving and 200 Departing) with 0.18 Million Annual Passenger Holding Capacity.
The fully air-conditioned terminal is equipped digitally controlled public address systems, , 06 nos of Check In Counters with all the facilities for Immigrations and Customs, 03 nos Coveyor belts along with ample space to park 300 Cars + 45 Taxies + 6 Buses at a time. The terminal is equipped with state-of-the-art Flight Information Display Systems (FIDS) and CCTV cameras monitoring the daily movements.