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Coimbatore International Airport
Peelamedu Airport
கோயம்புத்தூர் பன்னாட்டு வானூர்தி நிலையம்
Airport type Public
Operator Airports Authority of India
Serves Coimbatore and adjacent districts
Location Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
Elevation AMSL 1,324 ft / 404 m
Coordinates 11°01′48″N 077°02′36″E / 11.03°N 77.04333°E / 11.03; 77.04333
Direction Length Surface
ft m
05/23 9,760 2,990 Asphalt
Statistics (2009 April To July)
International Passenger movements 33,043[1]
International Aircraft movements 284[2]
Domestic Passenger movements 3,44,790[3]
Domestic Aircraft movements 4,766[4]
Source: World Aero Data[5]

Coimbatore International Airport (IATA: CJBICAO: VOCB) is an international airport located in Peelamedu, serving Coimbatore. It was previously known as Peelamedu Aerodrome or Coimbatore Civil Aerodrome. It is about 13 km from the city centre.



Coimbatore airport first started operations in the 1940s as a civil aerodrome, with Indian Airlines operating Fokker F27, Douglas DC-3 and Hawker Siddeley's Avro 748. In its early days, services were mainly to Chennai and Mumbai. Later services to Cochin and Bengaluru were added. In the early 1980s, the airport was closed down for runway expansion, to accommodate modern jets like the Boeing 737 and the Airbus A320. Temporarily, airlines were using the nearby Sulur Airbase. In 1987, after completion of the runway expansion and a new terminal, the airport resumed services. In 1995, Indian Airlines started international services to Sharjah, and in 2007 operations were started to the international destinations of Colombo and Singapore.

Airport Structure

Coimbatore Airport currently has one terminal, and one under construction[6]

There are two hangars, one for private carriers and one for the Coimbatore Flying Club. The parking bays in the airport can accommodate a maximum of six aircraft, and the airport also has a fire station.

The airport has one runway that is 9,760 feet (2,970 m) in length - previously the runway was 8,500 ft (2,600 m) in length. Because of this runway expansion, the airport can accommodate aircraft such as the Boeing 747 and Airbus A330. An Instrument Landing System (ILS) is also being installed[7]

The further proposed expansion of the airport includes the construction of a parallel taxiway to the runway. This will minimise the runway occupancy time and turnaround of aircraft, as aircraft currently taxi on the runway. Two more parking bays will be added, raising the total number to eight. The terminal will also be modernised with sliding doors, aero-bridges, and modern systems for baggage-handling[8]

Airport Modernisation and Expansion

The expanded and modernised airport terminal at Coimbatore is expected to be ready within two years from now.

The entire tender process had been completed and contracts worth Rs 78 crore were awarded for the modernisation and expansion of the project. According to the terms of references, the construction work should be completed within 24 months from the date of awarding the contract.

The expansion project comprises scaling up the carpet area to 14,000 sq metres on a two-storeyed steel and glass space frame structure, from 6,000 sq mt. The project also includes installation of aero bridges, escalators and four elevators. The passenger handling capacity too would be doubled from the existing 350 at a time.

The cargo handling capacity of 40 tonne at a time is also expected to double with additional infrastructure at an outlay of Rs 1.5 crore, work on which has already commenced.

The apron extension project, at an investment of Rs12.5 crore, is also in the offing and tender papers for the same are currently being processed. This apart, parallel taxi track would be laid at an outlay of Rs 32 crore, for which a detailed project report has already been submitted.[9]

Airlines and destinations

A July 1950 Air India International Time Table showing air timings for Coimbatore - Madras flight
A Jet Airways B737 on the tarmac
Airlines Destinations
Air Arabia Sharjah
Indian Airlines Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kozhikode, Mumbai
Jet Airways Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad
JetLite Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai
Kingfisher Airlines Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai
Paramount Airways Ahmedabad, Chennai
Silkair Singapore
SpiceJet Ahmedabad, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai


Airlines Destinations
SriLankan Cargo Colombo[10]


17 November 2007: An accident at the parking bay of the airport was averted when the wing of a SpiceJet Boeing 737, bound for New Delhi with 130 passengers, almost struck the wing of a stationary Air Deccan A320 aircraft. The aircraft was stopped in time and an accident was averted.[11]


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