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Mangalore International Airport
Mangalore Airport terminal building 0005.JPG
Mangalore Airport Terminal building
IATA: IXEICAO: VOML
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Airports Authority of India
Location Mangalore, India
Elevation AMSL 337 ft / 103 m
Coordinates 12°57′41″N 074°53′24″E / 12.96139°N 74.89°E / 12.96139; 74.89
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
09/27 5,300 1,615 Asphalt
10/28 9,515 2,900 Concrete

Mangalore International Airport (IATA: IXEICAO: VOML) (formerly Bajpe Airport) is a domestic and international airport serving the coastal city of Mangalore, India. The airport was opened in 1951 as the Bajpe Aerodrome and the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru arrived on the maiden flight.[1]. In 2007-08 the airport handled 10,019 aircraft movements as compared to 6,268 the previous year[2].

The airport is located near Bajpe, around 20 km (12 mi) north-east of the city centre. Several daily flights connect Bajpe with most major cities in southern and western India as well as many major cities in the Middle East. Until 2005, its small 1,600 m (5,249 ft) runway meant that it could only handle Boeing 737-sized aircraft; slightly larger aircraft can now be handled. Kingfisher Airlines operates short-haul flights from Bajpe Airport using ATR 72-500 aircraft's.

The operation of international flights started in 2006 with Air-India Express flying to Dubai. While currently the airport has the status of a customs aerodrome [3 ][4], it is likely to get international status in the near future after the addition of the required infrastructure.[5]

Contents

Overview

The airport is located on top of a hill, with the runway landing approaches leading up to the extreme edges of the hill sides and thus called a table top runway.[6][7]. The edges of the hill dropping into the valley from a height of about 90 m (300 ft) to 9 m (30 ft)) within a short distance of just 500 m (1,600 ft) on the east side of the runway and from about83 m (270 ft) to 25 m (82 ft) on the western side.[6] An additional disadvantage was that the runway was not level, with the height varying from 90 m (300 ft) to 83 m (270 ft) from east to west. Landing on this short runway at this airport was considered difficult.[6]

On January 10, 2006 an Airbus 319 of Kingfisher Airlines was the first aircraft in that class to land on this runway.[8] The number of passengers using Mangalore Airport has gone up by 100% last year (from 2.6 lakhs to almost 5 lakhs).[8] With the increase in traffic the airport earned a maiden profit of Rs 83 lakhs in financial year 2006-07 and have a target of Rs 6 crores for financial year 2007-08.[9][10]

Second runway

A new international length (2.9 km) runway was constructed and commissioned on 10 May 2006. With this, Mangalore Airport has become the first airport in Karnataka to have two runways. [11] and a runway which is made of concrete.[12] The airport has acquired land to build a taxiway parallel to the new runway to reduce aircraft on ground time[2], it will be connecting the runway to the new terminal building under construction.

New terminal building

With larger aircraft now able to fly to Mangalore, a new terminal building is under construction, which when connected by a new road will reduce the distance between Mangalore and the airport by about 8 km (5.0 mi).[13] This terminal building at Kenjar being constructed at a cost of Rs. 165 crores,[14][13], is expected to complete its work in September 2009,[14] marking another milestone in the history of Mangalore International Airport. A 43,000 square metres apron has been constructed at a cost of Rs. 18.19 crores and will be connected to the new concrete runway.[15] There will be 28 check-in counters, several conveyor belts and inline security checking system. Five aerobridges will also be introduced [16][13]. The airport is expected to have trial runs of this terminal for domestic flights by December end, which will be followed by international flights a week later.[17]

International flights

Air-India Express at Mangalore Airport

On 3 October 2006, Air-India Express flight IX-802 from Dubai became the first international flight to land at Mangalore [18]. On 15 February 2007, Air-India Express added connections to Abu Dhabi and Muscat [19], with Doha and Bahrain added as a new destination on March 25[20]. It has also launched flights to Kuwait and Sharjah on 17 July, 2008.

Malaysia based Air Asia is also planning to start flights to Kuala Lumpur.

Plans are afoot by Jet Airways and Deccan [21] to fly to the Persian Gulf soon.

Air cargo facility

Once the terminal is shifted to the new place, the existing terminal will be used exclusively for cargo handling.

Already there are quite a number of leading shipping companies eyeing to set up base in Bajpe surroundings which is definitely a sign of progress. Even Gulf-based freight forward companies are planning to step on to Mangalore.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Air-India Express Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Bahrain, Doha, Dubai, Kochi, Kozhikode, Kuwait, Mumbai, Muscat
Indian Airlines Mumbai
Jet Airways Bangalore, Mumbai
Kingfisher Airlines Bangalore, Chennai, Goa, Kochi, Kozhikode, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram

References

  1. ^ "The Green Green Fields Of Home". Manglorean.com. 2006-09-29. http://www.mangalorean.com/browsearticles.php?k=0&articleid=771&arttype=Feature. Retrieved 2008-03-13.  
  2. ^ a b "Land for parallel taxiway at Bajpe Airport notified". Manglorean.com. 2008-06-11. http://mangalorean.com/news.php?newstype=local&newsid=80796. Retrieved 2008-07-03.  
  3. ^ "Second runway at Mangalore airport to be commissioned soon". Hindu Business Line. 2006-02-16. http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2006/02/17/stories/2006021703651300.htm. Retrieved 2009-01-15.  
  4. ^ "Mangalore airport — Buoyed by better infrastructure". Hindu Business Line. 2008-05-05. http://www.businessline.in/cgi-bin/print.pl?file=2008050550360600.htm&date=2008/05/05/&prd=bl&. Retrieved 2009-01-15.  
  5. ^ "Mangalore Airport to go international by Feb". Business Standard. 2008-12-08. http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/mangalore-airport-to-go-international-by-feb/14/01/342521/. Retrieved 2008-12-29.  
  6. ^ a b c "Hi-fliers on a high". The Hindu. 2006-12-16. http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/mp/2006/12/16/stories/2006121600490100.htm. Retrieved 2008-01-29.  
  7. ^ "Mangalore airport upgradation plan -- Economic `gains' vs local `interests'". Environment Support Group. 1998-07-17. http://www.esgindia.org/campaigns/bajpe/press/Mangalore%20airport%20upgradation%20plan%20--%20Economic%20%60gains'%20vs%20local%20%60interests'.htm. Retrieved 2008-01-29.  
  8. ^ a b "Kingfisher Creates History - Airbus A-319 Trial Flight Lands at Bajpe". DaijiWorld. 2006-01-13. http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=17758&n_tit=Mangalore%3A%20Kingfisher%20Creates%20History%20%2D%20Airbus%20A%2D319%20Trial%20Flight%20Lands%20at%20Bajpe. Retrieved 2006-11-03.  
  9. ^ "Air India Express to start 4 more flights to Sharjah by Oct 25". Deccan Herald. 2007-08-12. http://www.deccanherald.com/Content/Aug122007/district2007081218653.asp. Retrieved 2008-03-13.  
  10. ^ "Mangalore airport records maiden profit". The Hindu Business Line. 2007-04-19. http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2007/04/19/stories/2007041904282100.htm. Retrieved 2008-03-13.  
  11. ^ "New runway at Bajpe airport meets all norms". The Hindu. 2006-09-21. http://www.hinduonnet.com/2006/05/26/stories/2006052623420100.htm. Retrieved 2007-02-08.  
  12. ^ "Pilot training programme at Bajpe airport from Sunday". The Hindu. 2007-01-04. http://www.hindu.com/2007/01/04/stories/2007010416020300.htm. Retrieved 2007-02-08.  
  13. ^ a b c "New terminal almost ready at Mangalore airport". Bangalore Mirror. 2007-06-29. http://www.bangaloremirror.com/index.aspx?page=article&sectid=73&contentid=200906292009062920384773455a8987c&sectxslt=. Retrieved 2009-08-10.  
  14. ^ a b "Integrated Terminal at Mangalore Airport to be ready by Sept". SahilNews. 2009-06-26. http://www.sahilnews.org/english/news.php?catID=coastalnews&nid=5729&viewed=0. Retrieved 2009-08-10.  
  15. ^ "AAI completes work on new apron at Kenjar". The Hindu. 2008-05-02. http://www.hindu.com/2008/05/02/stories/2008050251751100.htm. Retrieved 2008-06-04.  
  16. ^ "New terminal at Mangalore airport by Sept 2008 likely". The Hindu Business Line. 2007-11-09. http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2007/11/10/stories/2007111050810700.htm. Retrieved 2008-06-04.  
  17. ^ "New terminal set for trial runs". The Hindu Business Line. 2009-12-10. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mangalore/New-terminal-set-for-trial-runs/articleshow/5324062.cms. Retrieved 2009-12-11.  
  18. ^ "First International Flight Lands At Bajpe". Bellevision Global. 2006-10-03. http://www.bellevision.com/indexdetail.asp?lupd=435. Retrieved 2006-10-04.  
  19. ^ "Muscat - Maiden Flight to Mangalore flagged off in style". Mangalorean.com. 2007-02-15. http://www.mangalorean.com/news.php?newstype=broadcast&broadcastid=39307. Retrieved 2006-03-27.  
  20. ^ "A jolly ride on board Air India Express". Mangalorean.com. 2007-03-25. http://mangalorean.com/news.php?newstype=broadcast&broadcastid=41160. Retrieved 2006-04-07.  
  21. ^ "Mangalore-Gulf direct flights in August". Deccan Herald. 2008-02-02. http://www.deccanherald.com/Content/Feb22008/district2008020249989.asp. Retrieved 2008-07-03.  

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