Friday, December 04, 2020

More airlines to operate from D’bhanga soon: Min

Patna: JD(U) general secretary and MLC Sanjay Kumar Jha on Friday claimed that Union civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri has assured him about commencement of operations by public sector carrier Air India and few other private airlines from Darbhanga airport. Jha had met the Union aviation minister in New Delhi on Friday.

“I met Puriji to apprise him of issues pertaining Darbhanga airport. Always kind, he assured that Air India will soon start flights from the airport and other private airlines will follow suit. With the competition that’ll follow, fares will stabilise,” Jha tweeted on Friday.

Darbhanga airbase is presently handling three flights of SpiceJet to Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai daily under Centre’s UDAN, the Centre’s regional air connectivity scheme. As per the data shared by the Twitter handle of Darbhanga airport, the airport is handling around 1,040-1,080 passengers per day.

Belonging to Indian Air Force, Darbhanga airport has a runway of 9000ft and six check-in counters and two aprons.

Jha, who also hails from Mithilanchal region, was instrumental in convincing the Centre to commence flight operations from Darbhanga airbase. Jha, former state water resources minister, met the Union aviation minister on several occasions in the past to hold deliberation on commencement of flight operations from Darbhanga.

04/12/20 Times of India

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