Jay Prakash Narayan Airport

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Jay Prakash Narayan Airport
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Airports Authority of India
Serves Patna, Bihar, India
Elevation AMSL 52 m / 170 ft
Coordinates 25°35′37″N 085°05′31″E / 25.59361°N 85.09194°E / 25.59361; 85.09194Coordinates: 25°35′37″N 085°05′31″E / 25.59361°N 85.09194°E / 25.59361; 85.09194
Map
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Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 2,000 6,561 Asphalt
Statistics (April 2017 - March 2018)
Passengers 3,111,273 (Increase47.3%)
Aircraft movements 21,916 (Increase41.3%)
Cargo tonnage 6,879 (Increase4.4%)
Source: AAI[1][2][3]

Jay Prakash Narayan Airport (IATA: PAT, ICAO: VEPT) is a customs airport located in Patna, the state capital of Bihar in India.[4] It is named after independence activist Jayaprakash Narayan. [5] Patna is classified as a restricted international airport due to its short runway.[6][7] It is the 17th busiest airport in India, and the annual passenger traffic increased by 47.3 per cent in the year 2017-18.[1][8] To meet demand, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is working to expand and modernise airport infrastructure. The airport is currently undergoing ambitious expansion project that is due to be completed in 2021[9]. In addition to this, the AAI has proposed to develop a civil enclave at Bihta Air Force Station to serve as the second airport for Patna.[10]

Expansion

13 acres of land near the Patna airport will be used for construction of a world-class two-storey terminal building, and in lieu of that 11.35 acre of land in Anisabad, Patna will be transferred to Bihar Government by Airports Authority of India.[11] The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has proposed to extend the terminal for sustaining air operations at least till 2035 and handle 30 lakh passengers per annum. A new terminal building would be constructed and connected to the existing building via skybridge. In addition, the AAI has planned to develop a civil enclave at Bihta Air Force Station, 20 kilometres away from Patna, to cater to larger aircraft.[8] In October 2016, Bihar cabinet approved the Patna master plan which envisages development of a new airport at Bihta.[12] Bihar government is acquiring 126 acres of land for construction of the new airport.[13]

The runway length at Patna airport is 7000 feet.[14] Patna airport is sandwiched between the Sanjay Gandhi Jaivik Udyan and Phulwari Sharif railway station.[15] Against the length of runway of 2,286m, only 1,954m remains available for flights take-offs because of location constraints. The area of terminal building will be increased from the existing 7,200 square metres to 57,000 square metres.[16] The new terminal building of Patna Airport will be a two-storey structure, equipped with six aerobridges and an apron area to park 14 aircraft at any given time. At present, the airport has the capacity to park only four aircraft. Several existing buildings in and around Patna airport premises, including the Airport Colony and IAS Bhavan, will be demolished for the expansion work. Besides, several utility buildings, including the meteorological centre and Bihar Flying Club, will be shifted and a new ATC tower will be constructed adjacent to Birla Institute of Technology, Patna campus.

Structure

The airport covers an area of 261 acres (106 ha) and is at an elevation of 170 feet (52 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 07/25 with an asphalt surface measuring 1,954 by 45 metres (6,411 ft × 148 ft).[17][18]

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Air India Delhi
GoAir Bengaluru, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Ranchi
IndiGo Bangalore, Chennai,(ends 1st dec 18) Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Raipur, Ranchi, Varanasi (ends 1st dec 18)
Jet Airways Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai, Allahabad
SpiceJet Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune (ends 27th nov 18)

Incidents

References

  1. ^ a b "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-III" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 4. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 May 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-II" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 4. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 May 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2018: Annexure-IV" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 1 May 2018. p. 4. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 May 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Airport takes big leap..." The Telegraph. 6 May 2016. Archived from the original on 6 October 2017. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Official WebSite of Central Excise and Service Tax, Patna Zone". customspatnazone.bih.nic.in. Archived from the original on 26 January 2018. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Issued in Public Interest, Fly to Patna at Your Own Risk!". The Quint. Archived from the original on 26 January 2018. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Politics and commercial considerations override safety concerns for DGCA". India Today. 30 November 1999. Archived from the original on 26 January 2018. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Bihta gets bigger wings". The Telegraph. 8 April 2016. Archived from the original on 11 April 2016. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  9. ^ "Swanky terminal to replace old airport". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 26 January 2018. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  10. ^ "PR 52 : Development and Interim Relief Measures at Patna Airport" (PDF). aai.aero. 5 December 2017. Archived (PDF) from the original on 26 January 2018. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Centre OKs land transfer for airport building expansion". Archived from the original on 8 February 2017.
  12. ^ Share on FacebookShare on Twitter. "Cabinet OKs Patna master plan, paves way for big bulidings, new airport - Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Archived from the original on 7 August 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  13. ^ "Land identified to make Bihta airport operational for flyers". Archived from the original on 29 September 2016.
  14. ^ "Bihar government unable to give more land for Bihta airbase runway".
  15. ^ "Why Patna airport is a disaster waiting to happen".
  16. ^ "Patna airport set for a makeover in 3 years". Archived from the original on 15 November 2017.
  17. ^ "Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Airport: Technical Information". Airports Authority of India. Archived from the original on 19 January 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2010.
  18. ^ Airport information for VEPT Archived 6 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine. from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  19. ^ Accident history for {{{1}}} at Aviation Safety Network

External links

  • Patna Airport webpage at official Airports Authority of India web site.
  • Airport information for VEPT at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
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