Does Ranchi Have An International Airport?

Ranchi Airport

Birsa Munda Airport (IATA: IXR), named after India’s great tribal freedom fighter, Birsa Munda serves the city of Ranchi and also other cities of Jharkhand. It is the largest airport in the state of Jharkhand. Truly speaking, Birsa Munda Airport also known as the Ranchi Airport is the only fully operational airport in the state of Jharkhand.

To answer the question, whether Birsa Munda Airport is an International Airport? No, as of April 2020, Birsa Munda Airport, Ranchi is not an international airport, meanwhile, there are plans to upgrade the domestic airport into an international category. However, the airport already has an international bay but needs to fulfill some of the required features to get upgraded into an international airport.

Keep scrolling to learn more about Birsa Munda Airport, Ranchi.

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When Was Birsa Munda Airport, Ranchi Built?

Birsa Munda Airport was built in the year 1941, by the Britishers to serve the Royal Airforce, United Kingdom’s Aerial Warfare Force. After Independence, in the year 1949, 546.25 acres of the airport was converted into a Civil Aerodrome. Later on 27th May 2000, the airport was renamed as Birsa Munda Airport after the great freedom fighter from Jharkhand, Birsa Munda.

Why Birsa Munda Airport Failed To Upgrade Itself As An International Airport Earlier?

Earlier in the year 2016, the Airport Authority of Ranchi and the members of the Federation of Jharkhand Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FJCCI), requested the Minister of State for Civil Aviation to commence international services to Dubai, at least twice a week. The request was made considering the queue of frequent foreign travels from the state of Jharkhand.

Dubai being the layover for connecting flights to the western countries would have helped the travels from Jharkhand who at the moment has to board international flights from Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata or Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi. However, the request was turned off as it was still missing a few of the necessary features to become an international airport.

Birsa Munda International Airport Plan

In spite of having an international bay and all the infrastructure, Birsa Munda airport fall short of some of the very basic requirements to become an international airport. However, the 301 acres, Birsa Munda Airport expansion plan is on full mode after the request was denied in the year 2016.

Plans Already Executed

Birsa MundaAirport has already completed a major part of the plan. Here is the list of plans already executed.

Construction Of Cargo Terminal

A new cargo terminal with a capacity to accommodate 50 MT Cargo together was inaugurated by the former chief minister of Jharkhand, Mr. Raghubad Das in February 2017.

More Parking Bays

Six more parking bays have already been added in September 2019, making it the first airport to enter the list of Tier II airports in India.

Birsa Munda Airport, Ranchi
Birsa Munda Airport, Ranchi
Pic Courtesy: The Telegraph

Under Process Plans

The expansion plan requires an additional and of approx 300 acres. The Airport Authority is waiting for the cabinet’s response to proceed with the plan.

Here is the list of plans which need to be completed before applying for the international category.

Runway Extension

The extension of the current runway of 2,713 meters requires an expansion of airport land which is under process in the hand of the cabinet.

Runway Strip Extension

The Birsa Munda Airport currently has a runway strip of 75 meters, which is the minimum length required for any airport. The expansion plan insists on increasing the length of the runway strip to 140 meters.

Construction Of An Isolation Bay

An isolation bay is a must needed for any international airport. It is a secluded bay built on airports to land flights in case of any national emergencies or threats, such a bomb threat, hijacks, etc, or to evacuate infected citizens from different countries during any pandemic such as COVID-19 so that the rest of the airport remains secure.

As of now, Birsa Munda Airport has an isolation bay but it a secluded region.

Construction of More Aerobridge

Birsa Munda Airport currently has two aerobridges which are not sufficient, if the airport hosts international flights, therefore, it requires the construction of new aerobridges also known as sky bridges.

More Restaurants

Birsa Munda Airport currently has restaurants, duty-free shops, and lounge. However, the authorities are planning to add more eateries and joints to the airport.

The duty-free emporium of Jharkhand Silk Textile and Handicraft Development Corporation, also known as Jharcraft inside Ranchi Airport is the best place to buy Jharkhand souvenirs.

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Achievements Of Birsa Munda Airport

Sl. NoAchievementsRankYear
1.Tier II Aiport in India
2.Busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic26 April 2018 – March 2019
3.Busiest airport in terms of aircraft movement31 April 2018 – March 2019
4. Busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic 28 April 2017 – March 2018
5. Busiest airport in terms of aircraft movement 28 April 2017 – March 2018
6. Busiest airport in terms of cargo movement 27 April 2017 – March 2018
7. Busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic 35 April 2016 – March 2017
8. Busiest airport in terms of aircraft movement 37 April 2016 – March 2017

Airlines Operating In Birsa Munda Airport

  • AirAsia India
  • Air India
  • Alliance Air
  • GoAir
  • IndiGo
  • Vistara

Cities Connected From Birsa Munda Airport

  • Bangalore
  • Bhubaneswar
  • Hyderabad
  • Kolkata
  • Mumbai
  • New Delhi
  • Patna
  • Raipur

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Frequently Asked Questions About Birsa Munda Airport, Ranchi

Does Ranchi airport have a lounge?

Yes, Birsa Munda Airport, Ranchi has a lounge.

How many airports are there in Ranchi?

Ranchi has only one airport i.e Birsa Munda Airport.

Are visitors allowed at Ranchi airport?

Visitors are allowed only at the Visitors area at Birsa Munda Airport, Ranchi.

What is the code of Ranchi airport?

The code of Birsa Munda Airport, Ranchi is

Is there an airport in Ranchi?

Yes, the city of Ranchi has an airport. Birsa Munda Airport serves Ranchi, the capital city of Jharkhand.

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A travel blogger cum financial expert with a vision to encourage tourism in Eastern India. Bose was born and brought up in the steel city of Jamshedpur, located in the Indian state of Jharkhand. Being born in the Eastern region, Bose has visited a lot of lesser-known places in the region. By her writing, she tries to spread awareness about those undiscovered gems of Eastern India.

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