Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Patna airport: No late-night flight operations from Wednesday

Patna: With the onset of the winter season, late-night flights will be suspended at the Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport from Wednesday. These include IndiGo’s flights from Delhi, Bengaluru and Hyderabad to Patna.

According to sources, the Delhi-Patna flight arrived at the city airport at 12.50am on Tuesday night and left at 1.30am while the Bengaluru-Patna flight landed at the airport at 1.35am and left at 2.05am. The Hyderabad-Patna flight, on the other hand, reached the city at 1am and left at 1.40am.

The Airports Authority of India had recently conducted a preliminary meeting to discuss the arrangements to be made at the Patna airport for tackling the problem of delay in flights due to foggy weather during the winter season.

The airport’s deputy general manager (air traffic management), Santosh Kumar, told this reporter on Tuesday that a final meeting would be held with all the stakeholders in the next few days where issues like fog formation, safety measures, flight diversion and delays would be discussed.

“The airport will take all the precautionary measures to ensure that passengers do not face any inconvenience during the winter season. Now that the terminal building has been renovated and expanded, we have a lot of space to accommodate more flyers,” Santosh said, adding that extra chairs would be placed in the security hold area if required.

16/11/21 Faryal Rumi/Times of India

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