Sunday, December 31, 2017

10 flights from Patna airport cancelled due to foggy weather

Patna: Flight operations at Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport at Patna remained paralysed on the third consecutive day on Saturday as 10 outbound flights were cancelled and another six inbound flights were diverted due to foggy weather.
Patna airport director Rajendra Singh Lahauria informed that five out of the 10 cancelled flights were of IndiGo airlines, three of Jet Airways and one each of SpiceJet and GoAir.
IndiGo also announced cancellation of four of its flights from Patna airport on Sunday as well, including G8 902 (Patna- Bengaluru), G8 508 (Patna- Delhi), G8 342 (Patna- Kolkata) and G8 633 (Patna- Lucknow).
While five flights grounded at the airport on Friday due to poor visibility were allowed take- off from 12:30 in the afternoon on Saturday under low - visibility take- off procedures but landing of inbound flights could start only from around 2:30pm.
With frequent cancellation and hours of delay of flights, Patna airport has literally turned into a railway station or bus stand from past two days. Tens of hundreds of passengers are seen waiting at the "small" airport at any given point of time. Over 1000 passengers are seen inside the terminal at any given time, which has the capacity to accommodate only 600 people.
31/12/17 Piyush Tripathi/Times of India