Coimbatore Airport(IATA: CJB, ICAO: VOCB) is located at Peelamedu, Coimbatore. According to Airports Authority of India, it was previously known as Coimbatore Civil Aerodrome. It is about 11 km (6.8 mi) from the city center. It is located along Peelamedu and Neelambur, with passenger entry at Neelambur and cargo entry at Peelamedu. It is the eleventh largest airport in India in terms of total passenger movement and the second largest in Tamil Nadu, after Chennai International Airport.
The Prime Minister of India declared the government's intention to upgrade Coimbatore Airport to International status in a meeting with senior ministers on 6 June 2012. The Union Cabinet granted it the status of international airport on October 2, 2012.
The airport has one runway that is 9,760 feet (2,970 m) in length extended from 8,500 ft (2,600 m). The airport can now accommodate larger aircraft such as the Boeing 747 and Airbus A330 because of this runway expansion. The runway is further slated to be extended to 12,500 feet (3,800 m) to handle wide bodied aircraft in an efficient manner. An Instrument Landing System (ILS) has also been installed. Although the cargo complex is one continuous structure, it was built incrementally, with the Domestic and International terminals being added in 2007 to the already existing terminal.
The terminal is currently equipped with two aerobridges.The airport has a parking management system will be in place with separate entrance for VIP/Government and other exempted class of vehicles, with a dedicated area for parking for 12 vehicles. The airport parking area has the capacity to park 282 cars.
Proposed Expansion :
The further proposed expansion of the airport includes the construction of a parallel taxiway to the runway. This will minimize the runway occupancy time and turnaround of aircraft, as aircraft currently taxi on the runway. Two more parking bays will be added, raising the total number to eight. There are two hangars in the airport; one provides housing for the planes of Coimbatore Flying Club, the other provides shelter for private carriers.
The airport has only one terminal and another is under construction. The airport is on the verge of expansion and projects are being chalked out in this direction. In addition, plans for modernizing the present terminal with all modern facilities are sought after.
Transport links :
The airport is located on Avinashi Road, an arterial road of the city. Frequent bus services are available from the central bus stand in Gandhipuram and also from other auxiliary bus stations of Singanallur and Ukkadam. Cab services and auto rickshaws also provide commuting services from and to the airport.
Airlines and destinations :
Air Arabia : Sharjah
Air India : Delhi, Kozhikode, Mumbai,
IndiGo : Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai
Jet Airways : Bangalore, Chennai, Pune
Jet Lite : Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai
Silkair : Singapore
SpiceJet : Ahmedabad, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai
Air India Cargo : Chennai
Blue Dart Aviation : Chennai, Delhi
Yanda Airlines : Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Sharjah