Gorakhpur Airport

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Gorakhpur Airport
Gorakhpur Airport new terminal building.jpg
Summary
Airport typeCivil Enclave
OwnerAirports Authority of India Recruiter call
OperatorIndian Air Force
ServesGorakhpur
LocationGorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Elevation AMSL79 m / 259 ft
Coordinates26°44′22″N 83°26′58″E / 26.73944°N 83.44944°E / 26.73944; 83.44944
Map
GOP is located in Uttar Pradesh
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GOP is located in India
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Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 2,743 9,000

Gorakhpur Airport (IATA: GOP, ICAO: VEGK) is an airport located in Gorakhpur, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. The Airports Authority of India operates it as a civil enclave at the Gorakhpur Air Force Station of the Indian Air Force. From the city the airport is 5 miles (8.0 km). The airport covers an area of 0.71 acres. In June 2017, the Civil Terminal building was inaugurated by Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath. It will be expanded in the following months together with a conveyor belt.[1]

Military airbase[edit]

Air Force Station Gorakhpur belongs to the Indian Air Force. No. 43 Squadron IAF operates from here. These squadrons have regular military exercises, other than this they actively take part in rescue operations.The helicopter unit No. 101 Helicopter Unit is located in Gorakhpur Military Airbase. SEPECAT Jaguar aircraft are also based at Gorakhpur.[2]

Infrastructure[edit]

Gorakhnath Airport has one runway that is designated 11/29 and has dimensions of 2,743 by 46 metres (9,000 ft × 150 ft). The new terminal is able to handle 200 passengers seating capacity.[3] Air India Regional flies daily between Gorakhpur and Delhi.[4] In addition, SpiceJet introduced daily flights from Gorakhpur to Delhi and Kolkata in October 2016, but SpiceJet stopped its Kolkata flight from 3 October 2017. Indigo started its flight to and from New Delhi starting from 1 September 2018,with 180 seater plane inaugurated by Suresh Prabhu and Yogi Adityanath in presence of other dignitaries.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinationsRefs.
Alliance AirDelhi
SpiceJetBangalore, Delhi, Mumbai[5][6]
IndiGoBangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad [7]

New Gorakhpur Airport[edit]

Due to the limited expansion options available and restrictions enforced by Indian Air Force, the airport will not be able to cope with the growing demand for air traffic into Gorakhpur. Hence, a greenfield airport for Gorakhpur in 300 acres has been proposed on Gorakhpur Varanasi National Highway. [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Airport Website". Archived from the original on 25 February 2008. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "IAF's Jaguar fighter plane crashes in UP's Kushinagar, pilot ejects safely". The Hindustan Times. 28 January 2019. The crash happened barely 15 minutes after it took off from Gorakhpur air base along with two other Jaguars for routine exercise.
  3. ^ "Gorakhpur". Airports Authority of India. 10 September 2016. Archived from the original on 25 February 2008. Retrieved 26 February 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ "Timetable" (PDF). Air India. 1 February 2017. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  5. ^ "SpiceJet flight schedules". Official Website of SpiceJet. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  6. ^ हिन्दुस्तान टीम (28 January 2019). "31 मार्च से मुंबई और 30 अप्रैल से कोलकाता-हैदराबाद की सीधी उड़ान". Live Hindustan (in Hindi). Gorakhpur. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  7. ^ "अब नहीं उड़ेगा कोलकाता के लिए जहाज, इंडिगो ने बंद की बुकिंग". Amar Ujala. 21 July 2019. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  8. ^ "New Gorakhpur Airport". Gorakhpur. 15 July 2019. Retrieved 15 July 2019.