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Biju Patnaik airport gets international tag


OST Bureau
New Delhi, Oct 30:
The Union Cabinet today accorded the much awaited international tag to Biju Patnaik airport in Bhubaneswar.

“Biju Patnaik Airport or Bhubaneswar Airport belongs to Airport Authority of India (AAI) and is suitable for operation of Code ‘D’ aircraft of type B-767-400. The airport is also equipped with facilities for night operations, runway 14/32 of dimension 2743m X 45m, apron to park six aircrafts and navigational aids”, an official release said in New Delhi today.

The new domestic terminal building of the airport, spread over an area of 18,240 sq metres and built at a cost of Rs 145 crore, has a capacity of handling 800 passengers, including arrivals and departures, at a time.

With its state-of-the-art facilities, the building has 6 check-in counters, three baggage handling systems, two escalators and four elevators.

With a 9,000-foot runway for accommodating long haul aircraft, the airport has nine parking bays for 320 class aircraft.
The airport is equipped to handle 30 million passengers a year.