Kolkata Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport CCU
has recently named as being the 'Most Improved Airport in Asia'. It serves the north-east State of West Bengal and the City of Kolkata (Calcutta), and is currently operated by Airports Authority of India in conjunction with a private enterprise.
In June 2014 the Airport was given an award for 'Best Improved Airport in the Asia-Pacific region'.
CCU Airport is located in the municipality of Dum Dum, which is situated at the outskirts of, and 10 km from, the City center of Kolkata. It is also in close proximity with the border with Bangladesh and is a major center for flights to North-East India, to Bangladesh & Southest Asia.
With two long runways (upgraded & extended) and an estimated 10 million passengers yearly, Kalkota Airport is a hub for a number of airlines, most importantly for Air India, and is served by domestic and international airlines (including United Airways), offering direct & connecting flights to all points of the globe.
The former 'Ashok' hotel has been demolished, making way for two new 5-star hotels and a shopping mall. A budget hotel for transit passengers, with 30 rooms, is avalable inside the new integrated terminal complex.
Kolkata Airport Passenger Terminal: The new six-level, L-shaped integrated passenger terminal
- opened in 2013 - has replaced the former terminals (the intenational terminal of which may be used for hajj services, while the domestic terminal may be used for some regional airlines).
The new terminal, serving both international & domestic traffic, was built to handle up to 25 million passengers a year. It offers 128 check-in counters with Common User Terminal Equipment technology, 78 immigration counters & 12 customs counters. It has two basement parking levels. It also has 18 airbridges, 57 remote parking bays, 128 check-in counters and 27 conveyor belts. The terminal's two sub-levels are housing parking facilities.
Present and future Airport developments:
Construction of a 157-meter ATC Tower is to offer improved aircraft visibility. Also a 4-level office complex will be built nearby. In terms of transportation, two new lines are to be added serving the Airport: one is from Napara to connect at Barasat, and the other is from New Garia. Both lines will converge at the Airport and form an underground station.