Kolkata Airport

The airport in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) is called the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International airport named after the Indian freedom fighter. The Kolkata airport is situated at Dum Dum, West Bengal, India. This airport basically serves a major part of the Kolkata metro area. Kolkata airport was formerly named the Dum Dum Airport but was then later rechristened in the honour of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. During the period of time between April 2006 and December 2010, this airport was India’s ninth busiest airport in terms of international passenger traffic and India’s fifth busiest airport in terms of the overall passenger traffic. The Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International airport is constructed approximately 17 kilometres (11 miles) from the city centre of Kolkata.

This airport in Kolkata was the largest airport in all of Eastern India and was one of the major airports of West Bengal, the only other one being Bagdogra. The Kolkata airport is the primary centre for all the flights to Bangkok, Bangladesh and North-East India.

The Kolkata airport is made up of 3 terminals, the international terminal which is the oldest terminal, the domestic one which was constructed in early 1990, and one other cargo terminal as well. The airport was renovated very recently. The present domestic terminal of the airport has been extended in the year 2009 because there was a large demand of passengers for domestic air travel. New restaurants, kiosks as well as ticketing counters have been added to the terminal. The traffic lanes have also been increased to cater to the current traffic demand at the airport. The airport currently also consists of four aerobridges or jetways. The aerobridges are divided as three in the domestic terminal and one in the international terminal. There is a plan to increase these two a massive 20 when the new terminal is finally constructed. The airport also consists of two runways out of which the longer runway is used for landing as well as take off while on the other hand, the shorter one is used mainly during the daytime and also as a taxi way. The expansion of the runway does not seem a possibility because there is a 119 year old mosque which is just a few feet towards the northern side of the runway, inside the airport property itself.

The Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International airport is currently undergoing plans for a major facelift initiated by the Airport Authority of India (AAI). They are also constructing a brand new, fourth terminal due to a massive increase in the volume of passengers in the past few years. The great part of the airport facility in Kolkata is that it is also connected to a suburban railway system, which makes travelling there much easier as well. The ‘Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International airport’ is currently handling an average of about three hundred and sixty flights on a daily basis. The huge increase in volume of air travel passengers is also forcing the government to plan a second airport for the city of Kolkata.

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