Bihta Air Force Station

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Air Force Station, Bihta
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Summary
Airport type Military
Operator Indian Air Force
Location Bihta
Elevation AMSL 194 ft / 59 m
Coordinates 25°35′27″N 84°53′00″E / 25.59083°N 84.88333°E / 25.59083; 84.88333Coordinates: 25°35′27″N 84°53′00″E / 25.59083°N 84.88333°E / 25.59083; 84.88333
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Air Force Station, Bihta is located in India
Air Force Station, Bihta
Air Force Station, Bihta
Location of airport in India
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 2,500 8,202 Asphalt

The Bihta Air Force Station is an Indian Air Force (IAF) base in Bihta, Bihar, India.[1] The military airfield, commanded by a Group Captain rank IAF officer, lies 40 kilometres southwest of state capital Patna and is spread over an area of around 900 acres.[2][3]

The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has proposed to develop a civil enclave at Bihta to serve as a second airport for Patna. The Indian Air Force gave its consent in April 2016 for commercial flight operations from the Bihta airbase as a medium-term measure for development air operations from Patna.[4] The state government was keen on developing the civil conclave on 85 acres of land on the western side of the airbase. The Khagaul-Shivala-Bihta road, which will be broadened to four lanes, will connect the airport with the city. AAI had earlier estimated a requirement of 600 acres of land for the first Phase and another 790 acres for the second Phase in lieu of the existing Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Airport in Patna.[5]

In October 2016, Bihar cabinet approved the Patna master plan 2031 which envisages development of a new airport at Bihta.[6][7] Bihar government is acquiring 126 acres of land for construction of the new airport.[8] Bihar cabinet approved a budget of Rs 260 crore for the acquisition of 126 acres for Bihta airport which will be completed by October 2019.[9][10][11]

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