Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Three flights to resume operations from February 1

Patna: Three flights are to resume operations from Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport (JPNI) at Patna from February 1 following improvement in visibility conditions. Out of the three GoAir flights, two are scheduled on Delhi-Patna-Delhi route while the third will fly on Mumbai-Patna route.
JPNI airport officials said as many as 9 flights are likely to resume operations by February 16. Besides the three from February 1, SpiceJet will resume its Mumbai-bound flight from February 11 and IndiGo will operate five flights from February 16 to Kolkata, Delhi, Lucknow and Bengaluru.
Total 27 flights are operating from the city airport at present against the scheduled strength of 36. As flights are mostly not allowed to land at the city airport before 10am due to foggy conditions normally from November first week, most airlines had cancelled or rescheduled their morning flights and added in the afternoon under their winter schedule from December. Changes in timings were also made for the evening flights.
"Visibility conditions have improved in the past few days. The minimum 1200 metres visibility requirement for flight operations is being met at around 11:30am lately, which used to be not before 1pm during peak winter days. Accordingly, different airlines have communicated us their request to resume the flights they had suspended during peak winter season," a Patna airport official said.
30/01/18 Piyush Tripathi/Times of India