Bhuj airport, which is known as Shyamji Krishna Verma Airport is a domestic airport located at Bhuj in the Kutch District of the state of Gujarat. Sprawling on an area of 832 acres, this airport is located just 48 km from the India Pakistan border. The airport shares its runway with the Bhuj Rudra Mata Air Force Base. Some of the major flight operators which provide low cost flights to Bhuj are Jet Airways and Air India.
The Bhuj airport was destroyed during the Indo-Pak war in the year 1971 and was raided 35 times in 14 days with attacks by 92 bombs and 22 rockets. It was rebuilt by the local women in just 72 hours, for which these women were awarded with cash prize of Rs 50,000. The airport was once again damaged during the 2001 Gujarat earthquake and was renovated at the cost of $400 million. This airport also acted as a first aid centre for the victims of 2001 Gujarat earthquake by supplying medical and food supplies. The renovated terminal was dedicated by the then deputy minister of India; Mr L.K.Advani in the year 2003.The nearest international airport connecting Bhuj to the rest of the world is the Ahmedabad airport, which is around 303 km from Bhuj.
There is only one terminal at the Bhuj airport that handles all arrivals and departures. Facilities like 1 X-ray baggage facility, trolleys, wheel chair assistance to physically challenged and aged passengers, facilities of lost and found baggage are available. There is no facility for shopping at Bhuj airport but a snack bar is available. The terminal can handle 350 passengers at a time and has two boarding gates with the capacity for up to 200 people arriving and 200 people departing. There are four check-in counters and one security counter and one entry gate.
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