Saturday, October 30, 2021

Passenger footfall up at city airport this month

Patna: Since the festive season is just around the corner and travel restrictions have been eased, the Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport has witnessed a surge in the number of passengers travelling to and out of Patna in October.As per the data on Airports Authority of India’s (AAI) web portal, 1.99 lakh passengers had flown to and from Patna airport in September and 2.71 lakh flyers have done so in October so far, according to the information available on AAI-Patna’s Twitter handle. There has been a 34% growth in passenger footfall at the city airport due to the festive rush and a 36% rise in flight movement when compared to the previous month.

The airport handled 2,600 flights in October and 1,754 in September. The highest footfall was recorded on October 17 just after Durga Puja when 6,541 passengers arrived at the airport and 6,584 left. Altogether 43 flights landed in the city and 43 took off from here.

The executives of different airlines told this reporter, “With the easing of travel restrictions, more flights and passengers are expected to travel by air especially when Diwali and Chhath are round the corner. Compared to last month, the passenger footfall has increased. Almost all the flights travelling to and out of Patna are full.”

The officials of CISF at the Patna airport said, “Most airlines are checking the vaccination certificates and RT-PCR reports of passengers travelling to other cities. Besides, random testing is also being done by the district administration.”

Patna DM Chandrashekhar Singh pointed out that over 700 people were undergoing test at the airport and Patna Junction every day to keep tabs on Covid-19. “Besides, a vaccination site has been created at the airport for those who have not been inoculated. We are planning to collect more samples of passengers arriving in Patna,” he said.

30/10/21 Faryal Rumi/Times of India

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