History of Kolkata Airport:
Initially, Kolkata Airport
was known as Dum Dum Airport
. The airport initiated its operations in the year 1924. The Year 1975 witnessed the Cargo terminal of the airport being commissioned. It was in the year 1995 when the domestic terminal of the airport was launched. The airport was renamed as Netaji Subhash Chandra in the honor of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, the great Bengali Indian freedom fighter.
The Airport Structure looks complete with the presence of three terminals: domestic terminal, an international terminal and a cargo terminal. There are two parallel runways, out of which the longer one is used for take-offs and landings and the other one is a taxiway and also is used for daytime aircraft landing.
t has recently witnessed a growth in traffic. This is mainly attributed to the modernization of the airport that took place in the past three to four years.
Location of Kolkata Airport
The airport code of Kolkata airport is CCU. This airport is also known as the ‘Gateway to North Eastern States of India’. It has a runway length of 11900 feet and an elevation of 19 feet.
How to Reach Kolkata Airport
From the city center, it takes about 45 minutes - 1 hour to reach Kolkata Airport. There are plenty of Local city buses, auto rickshaws and taxis that connect the city to the airport. Don’t forget to negotiate the price while travelling in public transport except the local buses (that have fixed fares). It is essential that all passengers reach the airport well ahead the departure. Travelers going to international destinations must reach the airport at least 3 hours prior to the flight timings. Passengers seeking domestic destination must try to reach at least 2 hours before the flight timings.
Airlines Served at the Domestic Terminal of Kolkata Terminal:
Air India Regional (Agartala, Aizawl, Dimapur, Guwahati, Jorhat, Shillong, Silchar), Indian Airlines (Agartala, Ahmedabad, Aizawl, Bagdogra, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Dibrugarh, Dimapur, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Imphal, Jaipur, Mumbai, Port Blair, Silchar), Kingfisher Airlines (Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Dibrugarh, Dimapur, Goa, Agartala, Ahmedabad, Aizawl, Bagdogra, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Raipur, Ranchi, Silchar, Imphal, Indore, Jamshedpur, Jorhat, Mumbai, Patna, Varanasi), IndiGo Airlines (Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Imphal, Jaipur, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Pune, Vadodara), Jet Airways (Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Agartala, Bagdogra, Bangalore, Jorhat, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Port Blair, Visakhapatnam), Paramount Airways (Agartala, Chennai, Guwahati) Mumbai, Pune, JetLite (Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Delhi, Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Imphal, Jorhat, and SpiceJet (Ahmedabad, Bagdogra, Bangalore, Goa, Guwahati, Jaipur, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Delhi,).
International Terminal of the Kolkata Airport serves Air-India Express (Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Dhaka, Singapore), GMG Airlines (Chittagong, Dhaka), Indian Airlines (Delhi, Gaya, Kathmandu, Yangon), China (Eastern Airlines Kunming), Druk Air (Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Paro), Emirates (Dubai), Jet Airways Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Dhaka), Lufthansa (Frankfurt), Singapore Airlines (Singapore), Thai Airways International (Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi), United Airways (Bangladesh - Dhaka), Kingfisher Airlines (Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Dhaka) and Biman (Bangladesh Airlines Dhaka). Airport’s Cargo Terminal serves Air India Cargo, Blue Dart Aviation, Etihad Crystal Cargo, Lufthansa Cargo, Singapore Airlines Cargo and Jade Cargo.
Passenger Facilities offered at the Kolkata Airport:
• Telephone in Security Hold Area
• Assistance to Physically Challenged / Aged / Infirm
• Wheel Chair
• Child Care Room
• Inter-Terminal Bus Service
• All the above services are absolutely free.
Kolkata city is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. It was formerly called Calcutta. This cultural capital of India is located on the eastern banks of the Hooghly River. Noted for its active part in the Indian struggle for independence, to the Launchpad of the Bengal Rennaissance, Kolkata holds a great revolutionary history.