Gorakhpur Airport
Summary
Airport typeCivil Enclave
OwnerIndian Air Force
OperatorAirports Authority of India
ServesGorakhpur
LocationGorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Elevation AMSL79 m / 259 ft
Coordinates26°44′22″N 83°26′58″E / 26.73944°N 83.44944°E / 26.73944; 83.44944
Map
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Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 2,743 9,000

Gorakhpur Airport (IATA: GOP, ICAO: VEGK) is an airport located in Gorakhpur, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. The Airports Authority of India operates it as a civil enclave at the Gorakhpur Air Force Station of the Indian Air Force. From the city the airport is 5 miles (8.0 km). The airport covers an area of 0.71 acres. In June 2017, the Civil Terminal building was inaugurated by Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath. It will be expanded in the following months together with a conveyor belt.[1]

Military airbase

Air Force Station Gorakhpur belongs to the Indian Air Force. No. 16 Squadron IAF operates from here. These squadrons have regular military exercises, other than this they actively take part in rescue operations. No. 101 Helicopter Unit is located in Gorakhpur Military Airbase. SEPECAT Jaguar aircraft are also based at Gorakhpur.[2]

Infrastructure

Gorakhnath Airport has one runway that is designated 11/29 and has dimensions of 2,743 by 46 metres (9,000 ft × 150 ft). The existing terminal is able to handle 200 passengers in peak hours and has an area of 23,500 sq ft.[3][4]

On 28 March 2021, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath laid the foundation for the extension of the existing terminal building at a cost of ₹26.87 crore, which will be spread in an area of 3440 sqm.[5][6] Equipped with two conveyor belts in the arrival hall, 10 check-in-counters, escalators, lifts, restaurant and an additional security holding area in the first floor, the extended terminal building will be able to handle the 200 passengers during peak hours.[6]

Airlines and destinations

AirlinesDestinations
Alliance AirDelhi, Lucknow[7]
IndiGo Prayagraj, Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai[8]
SpiceJet Ahmedabad,[9] Delhi, Mumbai[10]

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Traffic

Front view of new terminal Gorakhpur Airport
Front view of new terminal Gorakhpur Airport


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New Gorakhpur Airport

Due to the limited expansion options available and restrictions enforced by the Airports Authority of India, the airport will not be able to cope with the growing demand for air traffic into Gorakhpur. Hence, a greenfield airport for Gorakhpur in 300 acres has been proposed on Gorakhpur Varanasi National Highway.[12]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Airport Website". Archived from the original on 25 February 2008.
  2. ^ "IAF's Jaguar fighter plane crashes in UP's Kushinagar, pilot ejects safely". The Hindustan Times. 28 January 2019. The crash happened barely 15 minutes after it took off from Gorakhpur air base along with two other Jaguars for routine exercise.
  3. ^ "Gorakhpur". Airports Authority of India. 10 September 2016. Archived from the original on 25 February 2008. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  4. ^ PTI (3 September 2018). "Suresh Prabhu inaugurates new domestic terminal building at Gorakhpur Airport". Business Standard India. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Adityanath lays foundation stone to extend terminal building at Gorakhpur airport". The Hindu. 28 March 2021. Retrieved 30 March 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Gorakhpur Airport terminal building all set for expansion. Details inside". ETNow. 30 March 2021. Retrieved 30 March 2021.
  7. ^ "Adityanath flags off new Gorakhpur-Lucknow flight service". Hindustan Times. 28 March 2021. Retrieved 3 April 2021.
  8. ^ "New Flights Information, Status & Schedule | IndiGo". www.goindigo.in.
  9. ^ "GOP-AMD flight". Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  10. ^ हिन्दुस्तान टीम (28 January 2019). "31 मार्च से मुंबई और 30 अप्रैल से कोलकाता-हैदराबाद की सीधी उड़ान". Live Hindustan (in Hindi). Gorakhpur. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  11. ^ "SpiceJet flight schedules". Official Website of SpiceJet. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  12. ^ "New Gorakhpur Airport". Gorakhpur. 15 July 2019. Retrieved 15 July 2019.