Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Restricted entry: Fair-like scene outside Patna airport

Patna: With the Airports Authority of India (AAI) barring the entry of air passengers to the Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport (JPNI) two hours before their flights from Sunday, the airport premises presented a fair-like scene with hundreds of flyers wandering in front of the airport's terminal building on Monday.
The worst-hit were those who had come from places other than Patna to catch flights. One of them was Jiyaood Haque from Biharsharif, who had arrived at the airport around 2pm to catch an Air India flight to Delhi at 9pm.
"I did not know about the new arrangement... As a precaution against missing my flight, I came early as usual, but instead of being allowed to wait inside the terminal building, I had to roam outside in the open for nearly five hours," said Haque, who had to take a flight from Delhi to Riyadh where he works as a mechanic.
Mrityunjay Mahto of Sitalpur in Saran district, who was on way to Muscat, had to wait for two hours outside the terminal building. "My Air India flight to Delhi was at 4pm whereas I reached the airport around 12 noon," said Mrityunjay, unaware of the newly-imposed ban.
Many flyers complained about lack of basic amenities outside the terminal building. "There is not even drinking water facility, and we had to buy packaged water bottles. The AAI should have taken care of such issues while implementing the ban," said Siwan's Sanatan Choudhary who works with a shipping firm in Doha.
14/11/17 Times of India