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All Flights Head Towards Patna

There has always been a huge rush of fliers during the festive season to and from Patna. It has become an annual affair.

At the time of posting, the air fares on an LCC are -

  Date of travel
  24-10-2017 25-10-2017 26-10-2017
Delhi-Patna 4800 4400 2235
Mumbai-Patna 6870 5005 3904
Bangaluru-Patna 4683 4683 4093
Chennai-Patna 5692 5124 4219
Hyderabad-Patna 5295 5295 4659

To tap this heavy demand, Indigo, Spicejet, Jet Airways and GoAir try to introduce more flights in Patna. But the AAI, which controls the Jay Prakash Narayan International airport at Patna faces severe infrastructure constraints. Its passenger handling capacity is limited. There is limited space to park the airplanes.

The IndiGo, for instance, sees a good commercial feasibility in introducing a new flight between Varanasi and Patna, besides adding additional flights to Chennai, Hyderabad and Lucknow. Patna Airport

Similarly, SpiceJet and GoAir had also proposed more flights to Patna.

All of such proposals are pending approval from the AAI.

The winter schedule of airlines starts from October 29 and continues till March. AAI sources said 12 new flights could be added in a staggered manner between December and February. Then, the number of daily scheduled departures from Patna could go up from 32 to 44 by February next.

The airlines are presently aiming to tap the Chhath festival rush of passengers. 

Patna now sees three more flights — one each to Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai.

Jet Airways will operate two flights — one each to Delhi and Bengaluru. 
GoAir will add an additional flight to Mumbai. 
  Dep  Arr
9W 710/711    
Patna 06 35 08 05
Delhi 08 35 10 05
9W 959/960    
Bangaluru 05 50 08 40
Patna 09 10 11 55
G8 583/584    
Mumbai 04 10 06 35
Patna 07 05 09 25

The Delhi-Patna-Delhi Jet flight will be operational from October 1 to 28. Till last year, the Jet used to have a morning connection between Delhi and Patna until it was discontinued due to operational reasons.Patna Airport

GoAir will operate an additional flight between Mumbai and Patna from October 3 to 28, excluding October 15. 

Tickets for both the airlines flights were open for sale.