Monday, November 09, 2020

Flight operations start at Darbhanga airport

Patna: Darbhanga airport, developed under Udan, the Centre’s Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS), became the latest addition to the country’s aviation map with budget-carrier SpiceJet launching commercial flights to Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai on Sunday.

The launch of flight operations was attended by Patna airport director Bhupesh C H Negi, Darbhanga MP Gopal Jee Thakur, Airports Authority of India (AAI) project incharge G K Chandana and AAI officials.

The first SpiceJet flight carrying passengers from the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru reached Darbhanga airport at 11.21am with 187 passengers, including four infants. It was the first flight to touch down at the newly constructed airport. The flight, SG-493, was greeted with water salute on its arrival at Darbhanga airport.

Darbhanga-Delhi flight (SG-496) became the first outgoing flight that took off from the Darbhanga airport runway at 11.45am with 179 passengers, including two infants.

The other flights – Darbhanga-Bengaluru (SG-494) left the airport at 4.25pm, Mumbai-Darbhanga-Mumbai (SG-705/706) landed at 12.10pm and departed at 12.40pm. All the flights registered 90-95% occupancy rate.

“A momentous day for the people of Darbhanga. First commercial flight under RCS-UDAN lands at Darbhanga airport. Great team work by local leadership, professionals and officers,” Union minister of civil aviation Hardeep Singh Puri tweeted.

“A treasure trove of arts, handicrafts and Indian history and culture. Air connectivity to the region opens up new avenues of tourism and economic development. This is just the start of the journey there,” The ministry of civil aviation tweeted.

09/11/20 Faryal Rumi/Times of India

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