Sunday, November 12, 2017

March date for airport revamp firm

Patna: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) will finalise the agency that will execute expansion plans of the terminal building of Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport before March next year, while two additional bays will be constructed to provide additional parking space for aircraft.

"We are trying to fix the agency for terminal expansion work at Patna airport before March next year. The lowest bidder will be finalised for it," AAI regional executive director (eastern region), K.L. Sharma said. Sharma, who is based in Calcutta, was in Patna on Saturday after the space crunch crisis that virtually burst the Patna airport at its seams on Friday after 14 flights were diverted while another one was cancelled because of fog. He pointed out that the airport was accommodating fliers much beyond the capacity of its terminal building, hence the design of a new building based on the ancient Nalanda University has been finalised.

"We are also undertaking infrastructure development at the Patna airport. Two more apron bays will be developed by September-October next year. It will increase the number from four existing bays to six. The Bihar government is handing over its hangar at the airport for this purpose," Sharma said.

Apron bay is the area of an airport where aircraft are parked, embarked, refuelled and unloaded.
The airport is already going to establish temporary enclosures that will serve as waiting area for passengers reaching the airport more than two hours before the scheduled departure of their flights. Meanwhile, the plans to rope-in the Bihta airport, which is under the air force, for civil operations is also going ahead.
12/11/17 Dev Raj/Telegraph