The new flights are part of the summer schedule of the airlines. Air India currently operates three flights and Indigo seven flights on the Delhi- Patna-Delhi route. As per Airports Authority of India (AAI) sources, Indigo and Air India have proposed one flight each while Jet Airways has proposed two flights on the route.
Flights fail to land earlier at Patna before 10 am due to foggy conditions. Most airlines had cancelled or rescheduled their morning flights while finalising their winter schedule.
With the proposed additions, the number of flights operating from Patna will go up to 30. For now, the proposals have been sent for their further processing by the Director General of Civil Aviation, said the sources. The Indigo's new flight is proposed to land at Patna at 2.45 pm and depart at 3.15 pm. The schedule of the other three proposed flights could not be known immediately.
GoAir currently operates four flights on the route, and it might change the timing of its existing flights.
Meanwhile, work is on progress for the expansion of Patna airport terminal building. The district administration recently completed mutation formalities for transfer of nearly 11 acres of land near the airport to AAI.