Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport

Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport
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Summary
Airport typePublic/Military
OwnerAirports Authority of India
OperatorAdani Guwahati International Airport Limited (AGIAL)
ServesGuwahati
LocationBorjhar, Guwahati, Assam, India
Opened1958; 65 years ago (1958)
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL49 m / 162 ft
Coordinates26°06′22″N 091°35′09″E / 26.10611°N 91.58583°E / 26.10611; 91.58583Coordinates: 26°06′22″N 091°35′09″E / 26.10611°N 91.58583°E / 26.10611; 91.58583
WebsiteLokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport
Map
GAU is located in Assam
GAU
GAU
Location of airport in Assam
GAU is located in India
GAU
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GAU (India)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02/20 3,110 10,200 Asphalt
Statistics (April 2021 – March 2022)
Passengers31,48,940 (Increase 43.9%)
Aircraft movements33,564 (Increase 43.3%)
Cargo tonnage21,814 (Increase 36.9%)
Source: AAI[1][2][3]

Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport (IATA: GAU, ICAO: VEGT), also known as Guwahati International Airport and formerly as 'Borjhar Airport', is an international airport serving Guwahati, the largest city of North-East India in Assam, India, and is also the primary airport of North-East India. It is the 12th busiest airport in India. It is located at Borjhar, 26 km (16 mi) from Dispur, the capital city of Assam and 28 km (18 mi) from Guwahati, and is named after Gopinath Bordoloi, a freedom fighter and the first Chief Minister of Assam after India's independence. The airport is managed by Airports Authority of India and also serves as an Indian Air Force base.

History

Domestic security check area of the airport
Boarding gates of the airport

The airport has undergone numerous expansions and renovations since its establishment in 1958. It handled more than 3.7 million passengers in 2017, an increase of 36% from 2016. The LGB Airport has witnessed annual traffic of over 23% in 2018–19 with a total footfall of 5.7 million passengers and 55,066 aircraft movements in the same period. The existing terminal building at the airport has a maximum handling capacity of 850 arrival/departure passengers an hour.

In 2002, the first international flight operated by Air India from Guwahati to Bangkok, using an Airbus A310 aircraft, becoming the first international airport in the North-East region.[4][5] However, the flight was withdrawn due to poor passenger load.

In January 2019, Guwahati won bids for two international destinations under the UDAN scheme, destinations being most anticipated Dhaka and Bangkok-Don Mueang.

In November 2021, Guwahati won bids for six international destinations under the UDAN scheme – Dhaka, Bangkok–Don Mueang, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Yangon.[6] In February 2019, the airport has been given on lease for 50 years to Adani Group at highest bid of Rs. 160 per passenger.[7] Currently, international flights in the airport are operated by Drukair from Paro to Singapore, as a connecting flight.

New terminal[8]

To meet the growing demands and rising traffic in the future, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has undertaken constructing a new second passenger terminal in the northern side of the airport, at a cost of ₹ 1,232 crores.

The new terminal building will be capable to handle 4,300 domestic and 200 international passengers during peak hours and about 10 million passengers annually. It will be equipped with 64 check-in counters, 20 self-check in kiosks, six baggage counters, in-line baggage security screening systems and 10 aerobridges. It will be an energy-efficient building, as it is expected to achieve a Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) 4-Star rating, with a solar roofing system for electricity generation, in addition to allowing maximum sunlight into the building. A photovoltaic solar plant with a power generation capacity of 540kW will be developed at the terminal, along with eco-friendly measures such as a solid waste management system, wastewater treatment facility, rainwater storage facility and underground drainage system. With an area of 1,02,500 sq.m., the terminal will have two levels, consisting of the arrivals area at the lower level and departures area at the upper level. In addition to these two primary floors, there will be two more floors; a mezzanine surface between the two levels, which will act as the boarding area of the terminal, and the other part will act as a service floor for the baggage handling system.

The design of the terminal building is inspired by Icarus, the Greek mythological figure who was one of the earliest inspirations of human flight. The airport's roof and the facade will be using the design of Origami.

As of 2021, more than 38% of the project work is completed and the new terminal building is scheduled to be ready by June 2022.[9] However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in several delays in work due to lack of labour and restrictions, the terminal is now expected to be completed by the end of 2023 or in the first quarter of 2024.

Statistics

Airlines and destinations

Passenger

AirlinesDestinations
Air India Bangalore, Delhi, Dimapur, Imphal, Kolkata
AIX Connect Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Imphal, Kolkata, Mumbai
Akasa Air Agartala, Bangalore[10]
Alliance Air Aizawl, Dimapur, Imphal, Kolkata, Pasighat,[11] Shillong, Tezpur[12]
Drukair Paro, Singapore[13]
FlyBig Agartala, Dibrugarh, Imphal,[14] Itanagar,[15] Kolkata, Pasighat, Patna,[16] Rupsi,[17] Tezu[18]
Go First[19] Aizawl, Bagdogra, Delhi, Kolkata
IndiGo Agartala, Aizawl,[20] Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Dibrugarh, Hyderabad, Imphal, Jorhat, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Pune,[21] Silchar[22]
SpiceJet Bagdogra (resumes 15 February 2023),[23] Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, Patna,[24] Silchar
Vistara Bangalore,[25] Delhi[26]

Cargo

AirlinesDestinations
SpiceXpress Hong Kong[27]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Annexure III - Passenger Data" (PDF). www.aai.aero. Retrieved 6 July 2022.
  2. ^ "Annexure II - Aircraft Movement Data" (PDF). www.aai.aero. Retrieved 6 July 2022.
  3. ^ "Annexure IV - Freight Movement Data" (PDF). www.aai.aero. Retrieved 6 July 2022.
  4. ^ Singh, Bikash. "Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal flags off Guwahati-Bangkok flight". The Economic Times. Retrieved 27 November 2022.
  5. ^ PTI (4 April 2002). "Guwahati joins international air route". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Six new flights to Southeast Asian nations from Guwahati soon". The Times of India. 9 November 2021. Retrieved 15 December 2021.
  7. ^ "Adani Group emerges highest bidder for Guwahati airport". Economic Times. PTI. 26 February 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2022.
  8. ^ "Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Guwahati, India". Airport Technology. 7 May 2021. Retrieved 27 November 2022.
  9. ^ Singh, Bikash (7 October 2020). "Guwahati Aiport's new Rs 1232 crore integrated terminal expected to be ready by June 2022". The Economic Times. Retrieved 27 November 2022.
  10. ^ "Akasa Air Flight Network". Akasa Air. Retrieved 21 October 2022.
  11. ^ "Alliance Air Schedule". Retrieved 25 March 2021.
  12. ^ "9I737 Alliance Air Flight – Guwahati - Tezpur (GAU - TEZ)". Aviability.
  13. ^ "DRUKAIR INCREASES SINGAPORE SERVICE FROM AUGUST 2022". Aeroroutes. 20 July 2022. Retrieved 20 July 2022.
  14. ^ "Regional carrier Flybig introduces Guwahati-Tezu-Imphal flight". Business Today. 27 September 2022. Retrieved 27 September 2022.
  15. ^ Mehta, Yuvraj (15 January 2023). "Arunachal: For the first time Flybig flights connect Itanagar to Guwahati under UDAN scheme". India Today NE. Retrieved 15 January 2023.
  16. ^ "Flybig Website". www.flybig.in. Retrieved 17 April 2022.
  17. ^ "Air connectivity boost under UDAN! Rupsi Airport in Assam to start operations from Saturday". www.financialexpress.com. Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  18. ^ Kalita, Kangkan (20 August 2021). "Arunachal Pradesh: First commercial flight lands at Tezu". The Times of India. Retrieved 26 September 2022.
  19. ^ "Budget airline GoAir rebrands as Go First".
  20. ^ "IndiGo to launch direct flights from Guwahati to Aizawl and Varanasi". NorthEast Now. 3 January 2020. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  21. ^ "Scindia inaugurates IndiGo's Guwahati-Pune flight". EastMojo. 16 December 2021. Retrieved 16 December 2021.
  22. ^ "IndiGo to launch direct flights from Guwahati to Aizawl and Varanasi". NorthEast Now. 3 January 2020. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  23. ^ "SpiceJet to resume Guwahati-Bagdogra service from Feb-2023". CAPA. Retrieved 3 February 2023.
  24. ^ "SpiceJet to commence Guwahati-Patna service in Mar-2020". CAPA. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  25. ^ "Vistara Flight Schedule". www.airvistara.com. Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  26. ^ "Vistara Flight Schedule". www.airvistara.com. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  27. ^ "SG(GAU-HKG) Cargo". Archived from the original on 22 January 2019. Retrieved 22 January 2019.

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