Kolkata Domestic & International Airport or Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU) bridges air-communication with other parts of India as well as various international centres. The airport, previously known as Dum Dum Airport, is spread over an area of 2,460 acres. The blend of artistic and technology has made the airport one of the most commendable Airports in India. The international standard airport, located approximately 18 KM from the core of the city, is easily connected through bus and taxi services. Though West Bengal has another airport in the northern region, yet this airport serves the major role. Annually, this airport receives a foot fall of more than 10 million (including domestic and international tourists).
A brief history
Back in 1924, the Kolkata Airport witnessed the first aircraft land. However, it took six more years for airport to become active for regular flights throughout the year. During World War II (1942), Kolkata Airport played a great role for the US Army Air force. In fact, the post World War II period, this airport served various airlines, like Air France, Lufthansa, Pan Am, Japan Airlines, Philippines Airline, etc.
During the end of 1960s the poor condition of the airport, forced many airlines to withdraw there service. However, the new era of Kolkata Airport was observed during 1990s as Air Sahara, Jet Airways came into action. Around 2005 Kingfisher Airlines, Spice Jet, IndiGo, etc. started offering affordable air service and made Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport a busy one.
The modernization- era
The Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport started becoming packed with high standard facilities and posh amenities with the help of foreign companies. The improved terminals, waiting areas, café and food joints, modern ticketing counters and airport’s 5-star standard hotel gave a refurbished touch to the airport. The L-shaped terminal structure is now capable to accommodate more people than before, up to five times. The aerobridges, parking bay and other features have given uplift to the airport.
The hub for north-east countries
The Kolkata Airport is majorly used to connect India with North eastern counties like Bangladesh, China, Bhutan, Nepal and Southeast Asia and so on. Also, people willing to travel to north-east states of India, prefer Kolkata domestic terminal the most.
People of West Bengal as well as adjoining states prefer taking flights from Kolkata Airport. The airport is well connected from Howrah and Sealdah Station by AC bus and taxi service. The expanded VIP road helps in ease in travelling in private cars and taxis. Kolkata Suburban Railways has a distinct train for Airport (Biman Bandar) from Sealdah. However, it is good news for Kolkata that it will be soon connected with metro facility from Garia.
Some of the major domestic and International Airlines
The Kolkata Airport serves domestic and international passengers with below mentioned air services:
- Air India (International & Domestic)
- Jet Airways (International & Domestic)
- IndiGo (International & Domestic)
- Spice Jet (International & Domestic
- Air India (Regional)
- AirAsia (International)
- United Airways (International)
- Druk Air (International)
- Spirit Air (Domestic)
- Singapore Airlines (International)
- Thai Airways (International)
- Etihad Airways(International)
- SriLankan Airlines(International)
- GoAir (Domestic)
- Emirates (International)
- Qatar Airways (International)
Kolkata Airport is the largest Airport in Eastern India and 5th busiest airport in India is worth praising for its beauty and effectiveness.