Saturday, January 01, 2022

4 flights to remain suspended from today

Patna: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has issued the revised winter schedule for Jay Prakash Narayan International Airport from Saturday till January 15.

Total 44 flights would operate under the revised winter schedule against the existing 48 flights operating from the city airport at present. SpiceJet will launch a new flight (SEJ 3839/3840) on Kolkata-Patna-Kolkata route from January 5.

SpicJet will operate total 11 flights from the city airport, against 13 operated by it till Friday.

IndiGo will operate the highest number of 19 flights, one less than 20 operated by it till Friday. GoAir airlines will continue to operate nine flights.

Air India will keep its five flights operational from the city airport, while Vistara has dropped a Bangalore flight from its schedule and will now operate a single flight from Patna to New Delhi in the evening.

The operation of flights will start everyday from 9am. The last flight is scheduled to depart at 8:15pm. No flights are allowed to land at the airport normally before 9 or even 10am in winter season due to foggy conditions usually from mid-December. Thus, most airlines tweak their schedule by cancelling their morning flights and add flights in the afternoon under their respective winter schedule.

Changes in timings are also made in the evening flights. The tweaked timing for flight operation usually continues till mid-February.

“Dense foggy conditions are not being witnessed yet, but the airlines have tweaked their schedules in order to prevent major disruption in operations in the coming weeks. Moreover, we have got more space for passengers owing to the ongoing extension of the terminal building,” an airport official told TOI on the condition of anonymity.

Much of the troubled flight operation at Patna airport has been linked to shorter length of runway, which aggravates the situation when the visibility is poor due to fog cover.

01/01/22 Piyush Tripathi/Times of India

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