Monday, August 10, 2020

Passenger footfall at city airport up 9.8% in July

Patna: Footfall of passengers at Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport (JPNI) here increased by 9.8% in July when compared to June. The number of flyers saw a jump despite the state government imposing lockdown to contain spread of Covid-19.
As per the data shared by Patna airport director Bhupesh C H Negi, altogether 1,49,784 flyers either departed from or arrived at the city airport in July. The passenger footfall at the airport was 1,36,300 in June and just 18,866 in May. The number of domestic flights at Patna airport increased from 236 in May to 1,186 in June and 1,313 in July.
“The passenger footfall increased after resumption of domestic flight operations. Our focus is on winning passengers’ confidence. Extension of existing terminal building and construction of new terminal building are also in full swing,” the Patna airport tweeted on Sunday.

With the rise in number of flyers, maintaining social distancing amid Covid pandemic inside the terminal building will be a challenge for the Airports Authority of India (AAI)-Patna.

Negi, however, said once the super structure on the eastern side of the airport is ready by August 15, maintaining social distancing would not be an issue. “The AAI-Patna is following all Covid protocols in the existing terminal building and it will be followed in the new area of the terminal building as well,” he added.

With the completion of ongoing extension and modification work, the annual passenger handling capacity of the terminal building will increase to 2.5 million passengers per annum (mppa) from existing 0.7 mppa.
10/08/20 Faryal Rumi/Times of India
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