Raja Bhoj Airport, Bhopal has been scaling heights by expanding the air connectivity and upgrading its standing infrastructure so as to efficaciously lever the growing passenger traffic
Founded in 11th Century by the Paramara king Bhoja, Bhopal is the capital city of Madhya Pradesh. Also known as the City of Lakes, Bhopal boasts of many picturesque natural as well as artificial lakes. Considered one of the greenest city in India, it holds a population of around 25 lakhs. Bhopal also garners tourist attention due to the presence of Asia’s largest mosque Taj ul Masajid. There are several other significant tourist attractions including DB City, Van Vihar National Park, Sanchi Stupa, Manuabhan Tekri and Shaurya Smarak. Raja Bhoj Airport, which is located near the suburb of Bairagad, alongside National Highway 12, is the primary airport serving the capital of Madhya Pradesh and nearby regions.
HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT
Raja Bhoj Airport, Bhopal, the second busiest airport of the state, is owned and managed by Airports Authority of India (AAI). AAI has undertaken several projects for the enhancement of services at the Raja Bhoj Airport. Inaugurated in 2011, the existing Integrated Terminal Building has a peak passenger capacity of 700 passengers (500 Domestic and 200 International). The Terminal Building is spacious and is replete with stunning work of architecture, designed to create an appeal in the eyes of travellers as they enjoy the services provided at the airport.
AAI’s Raja Bhoj Airport has been improving in all its dimensions. Landing and Navigational Aids such as Instrument Landing System, Doppler Very High-Frequency Omnidirectional Range (DVOR), and Non-Directional Beacon (NDB) have been made available at the airport by AAI. Upgradation of existing infrastructure along with other measures for successfully handling the increasing operations and traffic has been done by AAI from time to time, ensuring safe and secure operations from Raja Bhoj Airport, Bhopal.
Bhopal Airport has achieved new heights by expanding its air connectivity to New Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Raipur. The year 2018 was one of the landmark years for the Raja Bhoj Airport as the air connectivity was extended to cities namely Hyderabad, Jaipur, Shirdi, Ahmedabad and Mumbai. Bengaluru is next in the list to be air connected to Bhopal from March 1, 2019 onwards.
SERVICES in abundance
The airport, apart from ensuring appropriate services to its patrons, is suitable for the operation of Boeing 767-400. The orientation of the Runway 12 is equipped with ASALS 300 m and Runway 30 is equipped with an Instrument Landing System and CATEGORY-1 Aeronautical Lighting System. Both the Runways are also equipped with PAPI. Fire Fighting Category-7 is also available at Raja Bhoj Airport, Bhopal. The Airport hosts Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar, which provides real-time traffic situations to various Area Control Centers across India. There are a total of 17 Aircraft parking bays available, out of which one parking stand is for Type-D Aircraft, eight for Airbus 320 type of Aircraft and seven for small Aircraft like ATR 72.
State-of-the-art facilities have been provided at the Terminal Building of Raja Bhoj Airport, Bhopal with an aim to provide an amicable ambience and experience to all its patrons. Some of the facilities include:
- Two Aerobridges
- A ‘May I Help You’ counter
- Sanitary napkin vending machine
- Motorised wheel chairs
- Facility for table tennis
- Child Care Room with a kettle facility
- Pram for infants
- Massage chairs
- Magazine vending machine
scaling NEW heights
With an aim to provide worldclass passenger facilities, Raja Bhoj Airport has provided the following outlets for passengers under the Master Concessionaires:
Food and beverages: Seven outlets have been proposed, out of which five have been inaugurated.
Retail: The Retail Master Concessionaire has already opened 10 Retail outlets – Da Milano, W, Haldiram, Maheshwari Sarees, Katha, NaMo, Toshee, Kreations, Bag Bazaar and Bhopal Sweets. These retail brands provide tremendous shopping opportunities to the travellers. Installation and commissioning of 1 MW Solar Power Plant: 1MW ground mounted Solar Power Plant based on CAPEX model was commissioned on November 17, 2018, an initiative towards “Green India”. The commissioned Solar plant caters to 1/3rd of the airports’ current power requirement.
A step towards energy conservation: All the existing conventional Electrical Light fixtures for the entire airport have been replaced with LED light fittings, thereby saving 45,000 units of electricity per month.
Green walls: Green areas and beautification have been initiated inside the Terminal Building using air purifying plants and vertical green walls.
Local artwork: Bhopal is a city of historical importance. In view of this, glimpses of renowned monuments located in and around Bhopal have been displayed inside the Terminal Building.
With Raja Bhoj Airport working its way towards ensuring a comfortable experience to its patrons, AAI is on a constant drive to introduce as many provisions as possible for a safe flight to all. Some important plans of AAI include:
- Provision of one additional Aerobridge In view of the rising air traffic, aerobridge facility at Raja Bhoj Airport is on the cards.
- Development of Air Cargo Complex at Bhopal Airport Induction of new airlines and commencement of new flights from Bhopal has triggered a spark for the Cargo potential of Raja Bhoj Airport.
- Construction of New ATS Complex Ensuring safe operations, better visibility of operational area and efficient Apron Management, construction of a new ATS complex will be initiated soon.
- Replacement of the existing DVOR at Raja Bhoj Airport, Bhopal.