Coimbatore International Airport

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Coimbatore International Airport
Cbe.PNG
IATA: CJBICAO: VOCB
CJB is located in India airports
CJB
Location of airport in India
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerGovernment of India
OperatorAirports Authority of India
ServesCoimbatore Metropolitan Area
LocationCoimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
Elevation AMSL1,311[1] ft / 400 m
Coordinates11°01′36″N 077°02′30″E / 11.02667°N 77.04167°E / 11.02667; 77.04167[1]
Websitewww.airportsindia.org.in
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
ftm
05/239,7602,990Asphalt
Statistics (Apr '12 - Mar '13)
Passenger movements1,297,804
Aircraft movements12,846
Cargo tonnage6,679
Source: AAI[2][3][4]
 
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Coimbatore International Airport
Cbe.PNG
IATA: CJBICAO: VOCB
CJB is located in India airports
CJB
Location of airport in India
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerGovernment of India
OperatorAirports Authority of India
ServesCoimbatore Metropolitan Area
LocationCoimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
Elevation AMSL1,311[1] ft / 400 m
Coordinates11°01′36″N 077°02′30″E / 11.02667°N 77.04167°E / 11.02667; 77.04167[1]
Websitewww.airportsindia.org.in
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
ftm
05/239,7602,990Asphalt
Statistics (Apr '12 - Mar '13)
Passenger movements1,297,804
Aircraft movements12,846
Cargo tonnage6,679
Source: AAI[2][3][4]

Coimbatore International Airport[5] (IATA: CJBICAO: VOCB) is the primary airport serving the Coimbatore metropolis in South India. It is located at Peelamedu, about 11 km (6.8 mi) from the heart of the city within the Coimbatore metropolitan area. Previously known as Coimbatore Civil Aerodrome, it is the 18th largest airport[2] in India in terms of total passenger movement and 13th largest airport in terms of cargo handled.[4]

History[edit]

The airport commenced operations in 1940 as a civil aerodrome with Indian Airlines operating Fokker F27, Douglas DC-3 and later Hawker Siddeley HS 748 aircraft.[6] Beginning with services to Chennai and Bangalore, other destinations like Cochin and Mumbai were added later. The airport was modernized with an extended runway to accommodate larger aircraft like the Boeing 737 and was reopened in 1987. The Sulur Air Force Base located further east of Coimbatore was temporarily used for civil aviation during this period. As of 2012, the airport is served by more than ten domestic and international carriers.

The Prime Minister of India declared the government's intention to upgrade Coimbatore Airport to International status in a meeting with senior ministers on 6 June 2012[7] and the Union Cabinet granted it the status of international airport on October 2, 2012.[8]

Infrastructure[edit]

The airport has one runway that is 9,760 feet (2,970 m) in length extended from 8,500 ft (2,600 m) to accommodate larger aircraft. The runway is further slated to be extended to 12,500 feet (3,800 m) to handle wide bodied aircraft such as the Airbus A330. New domestic and international terminals were added in 2007 to the already existing common terminal and an Instrument Landing System (ILS) is in place since 2008.[9] The airport has a parking management system with a capacity to accommodate nearly 300 cars.[10] There are two hangars in the airport; one provides housing for the planes of Coimbatore Flying Club, the other provides shelter for private carriers.

Although the status of International airport was conferred only in 2012, the airport has had provisions for, and has been receiving, international flights (primarily from Sharjah) since the 1990s.

Proposed Expansion[edit]

The further proposed expansion of the airport includes extension of runway to 12,500 ft (3,800 m) to accommodate larger aircraft such as the Boeing 747 and Airbus A380 and construction of a parallel taxiway to the runway to minimize runway occupancy time and turnaround time of aircraft.[11] Two more parking bays will be added, raising the total number of bays to eight.

Transport links[edit]

The airport is located on Avinashi Road about 10 km (6.2 mi) from the central bus station. Frequent bus services are available from Gandhipuram central bus station and also from other auxiliary bus stations at Singanallur and Ukkadam. The airport is 11 km (6.8 mi) from the major railway station, Coimbatore Junction and the nearest rail stations are at Singanallur and Peelamedu. Cab services, call taxis and auto rickshaws provide 24 hours commuting services to the airport.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Air ArabiaSharjah
Air IndiaDelhi, Kozhikode, Mumbai
IndiGoBhubaneswar, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai
Jet KonnectAhmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai
SilkairSingapore
SpiceJetAhmedabad, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai

Cargo[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Blue Dart AviationChennai, Delhi
Yanda AirlinesBangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Sharjah

Incidents[edit]

See also[edit]

Gallery[edit]

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