Thursday, December 07, 2017

AAI to invest Rs 800-crore in terminal building at Patna airport

Mumbai: The much-awaited construction work of the new terminal building at Patna's Jai Prakash Narayan International airport is expected to commence from the early next fiscal.

The proposed terminal building, coming up at an investment of Rs 800 crore, once completed will raise the airport's passenger handling capacity to 4.5 million per annum with a peak hour capacity of 2,250 passengers and is expected to meet the growing traffic demand.

Patna airport is run by the Airports Authority of India (AAI).

"In order to meet the ever-increasing passenger traffic, AAI is now constructing a new state-of-the-art terminal building with passenger handling capacity of 4.5 million at the cost of Rs 800 crore. The construction work for the new terminal building will start from April, 2018, " AAI said today.

Originally designed to handle 0.7 million passengers, the Jai Prakash Narayan airport handled more than three times of its capacity at 2.11 million passengers in the previous fiscal.

The AAI also said it has decided to start round-the- clock operations from the March next year, which will allow it to operate flights even between 10 pm to 6 am, and thereby reduce congestion in the day-time.
05/12/17 PTI/Economic Times