Coimbatore International Airport or Peelamedu Airport or Coimbatore Civil Aerodrome is located in the city of Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. It is managed by the Airport Authority of India and its airport code is CJB. It caters to both international and domestic travelers. AAI plans to spend Rs 57 crore to expand this airport to cater to growing domestic and international traffic. Expansion will include construction of new terminal with aerobridges, new parking bays and extension of runway.
Location of Coimbatore Airport
Coimbatore Airport is located in Peelamedu, at a distance of 11 km from the Coimbatore Railway Station. Its geographical coordinates are Longitude: 77° 2’ 36” E and Latitude: 11° 1’ 48” N. Runway length of this airport is 8480 ft. and elevation is 1324 ft. AAI has proposed to expand its runway to 9760 ft. Other airports near Coimbatore Airport are Trichy Airport (206 km) and Madurai Airport (225 km).
How to Reach Coimbatore Airport
Distance between airport and city is very less and can be covered comfortably in city buses, autorickshaws or taxis. Do not forget to negotiate the price.
Security checking at the airport may take time so it advisable to reach the international terminal at least 3 hours before the flight departure and domestic terminal at least 2 hours before flight departure.
Terminals of Coimbatore Airport
Coimbatore Airport has single terminal for both international and domestic airlines. Another terminal is under construction. International airlines operating from this airport are Air Arabia and Silkair with flights to destinations like Sharjah and Singapore.
Domestic Airlines at Coimbatore Airport
Domestic airlines operating from Coimbatore airport are Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, JetLite, Kingfisher Airlines, Paramount Airways and SpiceJet with regular flights to destinations like Calicut, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Bhuj, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad.
Facilities Available at Coimbatore Airport
Coimbatore Airport has many facilities like ATMs, money exchange counters, medical aid, food and beverage etc.
Travelers can make use of following facilities at the airport:
• Baggage Trolleys and wheel chair for disabled passengers
• Medical / First Aid Room
• Tourist Information
• Car Rental
• Drinking Water
• Money Exchange
• STD / ISD / PCO
• Pre-paid Taxi
• Gift Shops
• Restaurant and Snack Bars
• Tea / Coffee Vending Machines
• Soft Drink Vending Machines
• T.R. Stall
Here food is available at a higher price than usual. For instance travelers can buy Veg Puff for Rs. 60, 1 Sandwich for Rs.50, 1 Masala Dosa for Rs. 100 and an American espresso for Rs. 70.