At the time of posting, the air fares on an LCC are -
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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.
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.
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.
|Patna||06 35||08 05|
|Delhi||08 35||10 05|
|Bangaluru||05 50||08 40|
|Patna||09 10||11 55|
|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.
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.