Sunday, October 23, 2016

Centre to develop 4 airfields in state as low-cost airports

Patna: Four airfields in Bihar are likely to be developed as low-cost airports under the Centre's regional air connectivity scheme, christened Udan, which was launched by Union civil aviation minister A Gajapathi Raju on Friday.
Total 50 airports across the country are proposed to be upgraded under the scheme and the civil aviation ministry is also looking at 350 airstrips to be added to the Udan network. The four airfields in Bihar likely to be included in the Udan list are expected to be Muzaffarpur, Purnia, Raxaul and Forbesganj.
While the airfields at Muzaffarpur, Raxaul and Forbesganj are owned by Airports Authority of India (AAI), Chunapur airbase at Purnia is under Indian Air Force.
"Though the names of the four airfields in Bihar are still to be finalized, they are likely to be Muzaffarpur, Purnia, Raxaul and Forbesganj as per our preliminary assessment," said a senior AAI official here.
Sources claimed that Muzaffarpur and Raxaul airfields are used quite seldom and their runway length is 4500ft and 5,000ft respectively. Both airfields are mostly used for operation of government aircraft. The airfield at Purnia, on the other hand, is generally used by defence aircraft.
23/10/16 Times of India