Government purchases 24 acres for the extension of the runway at Darbhanga Airport in Bihar
A Darbhanga district official announced on Wednesday that the purchase of the 24 acres of land sought by the Airport Authority of India (AAI) from the Bihar government for the expansion of the runway and installation of night landing facilities at the Darbhanga airport.
The official also said that by February of next year, the procedure for acquiring 54 acres for the development of a permanent terminal facility would be finished.
According to NK Gupta, a spokesman for the district administration, “The district land acquisition officer (DLAO) has already handed over the charge of the 24 acres land parcel to the joint secretary (cabinet secretariat) so that it can now be transferred to AAI (Airports Authority of India) on behalf of the state government.” He stated that it took 10 months to finish the process.
On November 8, 2020, the airport opened for business under the regional connectivity plan. Spicejet began operating flights on three routes from Darbhanga to Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru. Later, IndiGo Airlines began running flights between Hyderabad and Kolkata.
The runway was resurfaced, a civil enclave was built, taxi links and other passenger amenities were built, and many more civil and other works were completed by AAI.
The civil aviation ministry no longer plans to use 31 acres of land to create a permanent terminal facility, according to Bihar Minister Sanjay Kumar Jha. Jha, who recently met with Union civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia in Delhi, stated that the AAI inspection team has now requested 78 acres of land, of which 54 acres would be used to build a permanent terminal and 24 acres would be used to install an instrument landing system (ILS) to enable night landing and handle adverse weather.
“I have requested the minister of civil aviation to add more flights and give vacant slots to other aviation firms so that customers might benefit from competition. Due to the regulator’s decision to only permit 50% of the airline’s aircraft to operate due to safety concerns, Spicejet has temporarily lowered the number of its flights from Darbhanga, the minister continued.
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