The Darbhanga airport in north Bihar started operations on Sunday, assembly the long-standing demand of the individuals of the Mithila area who needed to journey for hours to Patna to catch a flight.
As the primary flight, operated by Spicejet, landed on the airport from Bengaluru, it was given the customary water salute, whereas the passengers have been greeted with ”Mithila Paags” (a standard cap) and garlands.
The airplane then took off for Delhi with 180 passengers, together with Darbhanga’s BJP MP Gopaljee Thakur, Darbhanga Town legislator Sanjay Saraogi and MLC Dilip Chaudhary.
Darbhanga shall be linked by flights to Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru, officers stated. People of the area will save a minimum of 4 to 5 hours travelling to and from Patna with the airport starting operations, the officers added.
“It is really a good beginning. Hope that infrastructure and other facilities at the airport will improve and flight service to other cities will also start,” stated a passenger who arrived from Bengaluru.
An individual, who had come to see off a relative on the airport, stated that with the airport beginning operations, individuals won’t need to miss flights because of visitors jams whereas travelling to Patna. “There were times when we used to get stuck at the Gandhi Setu due to traffic jams. Also, now we won’t have to travel to Patna to receive someone or to see them off,” he stated.
Another man who was on the airport to obtain his daughter stated, “Today, I will be receiving her in my hometown.”
The Airports Authority of India has developed the airport as a civil enclave, which is a part of an Indian Air Force base allotted for civil aviation operations, at Kevti, round six km from the Darbhanga city.
The basis stone for the Darbhanga airport, the third within the state after Patna and Gaya, was laid in December 2018.
The flights shall be operated by Spicejet below the regional connectivity scheme ‘Udan’. Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had introduced in September that the airport will start operations within the first week of November forward of Chhath.
The terminal constructing of the airport has a capability to deal with 150 passengers, he had stated.
Thakur, the native MP, stated, “People of the Mithila region are thankful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for starting flight service from Darbhanga. I also thank the civil aviation minister who began the operations before Chhath Puja.”
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