Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Low airfare beckons: Flyers up 29.9% at Patna airport

Patna: The Jayaprakash Narayan International (JPNI) Airport, Patna, registered 29.9% growth in passenger flow between April and September last year, according to the latest Airports Authority of India (AAI) report.
As per the AAI figures, Patna airport handled 15,23,395 passengers between April and December, 2016 against 11,72,566 during the same period previous year. In terms of monthly passenger movement, it handled 1,86,704 flyers in December last year against 1,32,292 in the same month in 2015.
Senior Patna airport officials attribute the increase in passenger traffic to more flights and low airfare. "Around 10 flights operated from Patna airport in 2012-13. The number has now increased to 23 and is likely to reach 26 in March and 32 flights by June. The airfare on various sectors have also come down recently, making it well within the reach of flyers. Besides, a large chunk of floating population in Bihar keeps flying from Patna airport," JPNI Airport director Rajendra Singh Lahauria told TOI on Tuesday.
22/02/17 Times of India