Sunday, February 27, 2022

Patna airport records 26 times rise in footfall

The aircraft movement at Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport, Patna, increased by more than 9 times and the number of passengers by about 26 times in 2019-20 when compared to the period of 2004-05. The growing air transport activities in the state have translated into higher contribution of civil aviation sector to the overall economy of the state.

As per the Economic Survey Report of 2021-22 presented in the state legislative assembly on Friday, the contribution of civil aviation sector to gross state domestic product (GSDP) of Bihar has increased by 10 times in a decade, from Rs30 crore in 2011-12 to Rs300 crore in the fiscal 2020-21.

The state has, however, faced decline on different indicators in civil aviation sector during 2020-21 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, despite the Covid-induced lockdown and other travel restrictions, the Patna airport recorded a footfall of 27.09 lakh passengers, 23,579 aircraft movements and 11.74 freights (in tonnes) in 2020-21, as per the data of Airports Authority of India (AAI)-Patna.

27/02/22 Faryal Rumi/Times of India

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