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Bagdogra Airport
Summary
Airport typeMilitary/Public
OwnerIndian Air Force
OperatorAirports Authority of India
ServesSiliguri
LocationBagdogra, Siliguri, West Bengal, India
Hub for
Elevation AMSL126 m / 412 ft
Coordinates26°40′52″N 088°19′43″E / 26.68111°N 88.32861°E / 26.68111; 88.32861
Map
IXB is located in West Bengal
IXB
IXB
IXB is located in India
IXB
IXB
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 2,754 9,035 Concrete/Asphalt
Statistics (April 2022 - March 2023)
Passengers2,555,305 (Increase 29.1%)
Aircraft movements17,932 (Increase 10.4%)
Cargo tonnage8,997 (Increase 2.5%)
Source: AAI[1][2][3]
Apron of the airport

Bagdogra Airport (IATA: IXB, ICAO: VEBD) is a customs airport serving the city of Siliguri in West Bengal, India. It is located in Bagdogra, 12 km (7.5 mi) south-west from the city centre.[4] It is operated as a civil enclave at Bagdogra Air Force Station of the Indian Air Force. It is the gateway to the hill stations of Darjeeling, Gangtok, Kurseong, Kalimpong, Mirik and other parts of North Bengal region. Siliguri, being a major transport and economic hub, the airport sees thousands of travellers and tourists annually. The Government of India conferred limited international airport status to the airport in 2002 with limited international operations to Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi and Paro. This is the second busiest airport in West Bengal.

The airport experiences humid subtropical climate (Köppen Climate Classification code: Cwa) - hot humid summers and cool winters. There is significant precipitation in all seasons, but remains drier in winters.[5][6] Air traffic at Bagdogra crossed 1 million for the first time, growing at 43.6% percent in 2014–15. In 2019–20, the airport served 3.2 million passengers, which was an increase of 11.2% from the previous year, making it the 17th-busiest airport in India. It is one of the few airports in India with zero sales tax on aviation turbine fuel.[7]

Air Force Station

The airbase is home to the IAF No. 20 Wing, as also to the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (Mig-21) FL fighter aircraft of the No. 8 Squadron and a Helicopter Unit.[8] Along with the airbase at Hasimara, Alipurduar district; it is responsible for combat air operations over a large area including Northern West Bengal, Sikkim and if needed, Bhutan.[9] The base caters to all military air traffic for the Indian Army's XXXIII Corps based nearby in Sukna.[10]

Expansion

The Government of West Bengal had handed over 14.5 acres (5.9 ha) of land to the Ministry of Civil Aviation for developing infrastructure for night landing in 2010. AAI also expanded the apron at the same time, enabling the parking of 5 narrow body aircraft simultaneously.[5] The IAF, which maintains the ATC and runway, gave permission for night landings by civilian aircraft allowing flights past 6 pm in 2013.

For its growing traffic over the years, in 2022, From 11 to 25 April, the airport was shut down for 14 days to refurbish its sole runway.[11]

The new terminal building, which is scheduled to start its construction by Q2 2024,[12] will be completed by 2026 with 16 parking bays, 10 aerobridges and a parallel taxiway to the runway. It will have a floor area of 1 lakh sq.m. at a cost of ₹ 3,000 crore, and will be capable of handling 12.5 million passengers per year. The design work of the new terminal building was done by CP Kukreja Architects as the Architectural & Engineering Consultant. And the construction bid going to Kalpataru Projects International Ltd.[13] After the expansion of the airport, more international flights can land here, and will turn this customs airport into an international one.[14]

Airlines and destinations

AirlinesDestinations
Air India ExpressBangalore,[15] Delhi, Kolkata[16]
Akasa Air[17] Bangalore, Guwahati, Mumbai
Drukair Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Paro[18][19]
IndiGo Bangalore,[20] Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai[20][21][22]
SpiceJet[23][24] Ahmedabad(Resumes 31stMarch2024), Delhi, Guwahati,[25] Kolkata
Vistara Delhi, Dibrugarh[26]

Statistics

Graphs are unavailable due to technical issues. There is more info on Phabricator and on MediaWiki.org.
Annual passenger traffic at IXB airport. See Wikidata query.

Accidents and incidents

References

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  26. ^ "Vistara expands its wings to Dibrugarh, connects this Assam city with Delhi, Bagdogra." Financial Express. Accessed 1 March 2019.
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  30. ^ "DGCA suspends two AirAsia India pilots for violation". The Economic Times. 11 July 2019. Archived from the original on 18 November 2019. Retrieved 13 September 2021.
  31. ^ "IndiGo A320neo flight diverted to Bagdogra due to engine glitch". Mint. 16 December 2019. Archived from the original on 16 December 2019. Retrieved 13 September 2021.