(Last Updated on : 07-09-2019)
Bhuj Airport is situated in the Kutch District
. The airport has recently been renamed by Shyamji Krishna Verma, Bhuj
Airport. In the beginning Bhuj Airport was set up with only two buildings. The airport authority used to share their runway with the Bhuj Rudra Mata Air Force Base. As times passed, a new suitable terminal was built along with parking and a drop-off/ collect point. The airport is situated at a distance of 3 km from the city. Bhuj Airport played an instrumental role in helping the 2001 Gujarat earthquake victims. Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines operated from Bhuj Airport with daily flights to Mumbai (Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport).
History of Bhuj Airport
The airstrip was destroyed in the Indo-Pakistan War
of 1971. It was rebuilt during wartime by a group of 300 women from the nearby village of Madhapar. Later the Government of India
honoured these women with a cash prize. In 1971 war, the Air Force base commander was Squadron Leader Vijay Kumar Karnik, he along with other officers kept the airbase operational by sustaining very heavy Pakistani bombing.
Infrastructure of Bhuj Airport
The airport has a single terminal that handles all arrivals and departures. The terminal can handle 350 passengers at a time. The airport has 71,920 square feet area on the ground floor and 14,880 square feet on the first floor. It has two boarding gates and has the capacity for up to 200 people arriving and 200 people departing. There are four check-in counters and one security counter. There is one entry gate and one x-ray baggage scanner provided by the AAI. The airport can handle aircraft up to the size of an Airbus A320 family. There is also a permanent helipad located at Bhuj Airport.
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