Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Passenger traffic up 50.8% at Patna airport

Patna: There has been 50.8% growth in passenger traffic at Jay Prakash Narayan International Airport (JPNIA), Patna, in the first quarter (April to June) of fiscal 2017-18. Compared to other main airports in the country, Patna is 6th as far as the increase in passengers' flow over the same period last year.
As per the official figures released by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for passenger and aircraft traffic for the year, Patna airport handled 7,05,491 passengers between April and June against 4,67,884 during the same period last year.
The increased passenger flow has been attributed to more number of flights, including the addition of a new operator, SpiceJet, from the city airport from July 1. It operates direct flights on Patna-Mumbai, Patna-Kolkata, Patna-Hyderabad and Patna-Bengaluru routes.
"The number of flights operating from Patna airport was around 10 in 2012-13. It has now increased to 35. The increase in the number of flights has, in turn, led to drop in the ticket prices as air fares are determined on the basis of demand-supply in the aviation sector. Accordingly, more and more people are now able to afford flights," JPNIA director Rajendra Singh Lahauria told TOI on Monday.
08/08/17 Times of India