Monday, May 25, 2020

Patna airport registers 11.4% increase in flyers in 2019-20

Patna: The Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport has registered 11.4% growth in passenger traffic in fiscal 2019-20 compared to 2018-19.
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) figures released recently stated that Patna airport handled 45,25,765 passengers between April and March (2019-20) against 40,61,990 in fiscal 2018-19.
In terms of monthly passenger movement, Patna airport witnessed 9.8% decline in March this year compared to the same month in 2019. In terms of flyers, the city airport has ranked 14th in India in 2019-20. The airport handled 3,02,525 passengers in March 2020 against 3,35,293 in the same month last year. According to private airlines, the passenger footfall was low after as the airlines witnessed cancellation of tickets due to coronavirus.
The number of flights from city airport witnessed 10.2% rise with 30,953 flights in 2019-20, compared to 28,087 in 2018-19.
Patna airport director Bhupesh CH Negi said the number of flights to be operational from May 25 has been reduced to one- third of what the airport was handling before the lockdown.
The airport’s assistant general manager (air traffic management), Santosh Kumar, said they were expecting over 5 million passengers in 2020-21. However, the footfall will be less as flight operations remained suspended for two months due to the lockdown.
25/05/20 Faryal Rumi/Times of India

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