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

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 

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. 

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. 

“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.