Thursday, October 11, 2018

Patna airport makes space for 400 more flyers

Patna: The airport terminal building is in for another bout of expansion to cater to the ever increasing footfall of travellers.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has closed down the ceremonial lounge at the ground floor and converted it into an additional security hold area to provide some breathing space to one of the most constrained airports in the country.

The new terminal building sanctioned by the Union cabinet, to be constructed at a cost of Rs 1,217 crore, is still at least three-and-a-half years away.

“We have shut the ceremonial lounge located at the eastern end of the terminal building and the construction of an additional security hold area by using porta cabins (portable cabins) is underway there. It will add space for another 400 passengers. We intend to complete it by mid-November,” Patna airport director Rajender Singh Lahauria said.

Airport sources said the extension of the security hold area will come in handy during winter when fog reduces visibility during the major part of the day, leading to congestion, flight diversion and no space to cater to a several hundred passengers stranded there.
11/10/18 Dev Raj/Telegraph
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