Jay Prakash Narayan Airport

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Jay Prakash Narayan Airport
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerAirports Authority of India
OperatorAirports Authority of India
ServesPatna, Bihar, India
Elevation AMSL52 m / 170 ft
Coordinates25°35′37″N 085°05′31″E / 25.59361°N 85.09194°E / 25.59361; 85.09194Coordinates: 25°35′37″N 085°05′31″E / 25.59361°N 85.09194°E / 25.59361; 85.09194
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PAT is located in Bihar
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PAT is located in India
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PAT is located in Asia
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Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 2,072 6,798 Asphalt
Statistics (April 2019 - March 2020)
Passengers4,525,765 (Increase 11.4%)
Aircraft movements30,959 (Increase 10.2%)
Cargo tonnage12,249 (Increase 7.1%)

Jay Prakash Narayan Airport (IATA: PAT, ICAO: VEPT) is a customs airport located in Patna, the state capital of Bihar in India.[5] It is named after independence activist Jayaprakash Narayan.[6] Patna is classified as a restricted international airport due to its short runway.[7][8] It is the 14th busiest airport in India, and the annual passenger traffic increased by 30.6 per cent in the year 2018-19.[1][9] To meet demand, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is working to expand and modernise airport infrastructure. The airport is currently undergoing ambitious expansion project that is due to be completed in 2021.[10] In addition to this, the AAI has proposed to develop a civil enclave at Bihta Air Force Station to serve as the second airport for Patna.[11]

Expansion[edit]

The runway length at Patna airport is 7,000 feet.[12] Patna airport is sandwiched between the Sanjay Gandhi Jaivik Udyan and Phulwari Sharif railway station.[13] The runway length is 1,938 metres for landing from the east and 1,677 metres for landing from the west. The area of terminal building will be increased from the existing 7,200 square metres to 57,000 square metres.[14] The new terminal building of Patna Airport will be a two-storey structure, equipped with six aerobridges and an apron area to park 14 aircraft at any given time. At present, the airport has the capacity to park only six aircraft. Several existing buildings in and around Patna airport premises, including the Airport Colony and IAS Bhavan, will be demolished for the expansion work. Besides, several utility buildings, including the meteorological centre and Bihar Flying Club, will be shifted and a new ATC tower will be constructed adjacent to Birla Institute of Technology, Patna campus.

13.1 acres of land near the Patna airport will be used for construction of a world-class two-storey terminal building, and in lieu of that 11.35 acre of land in Anisabad, Patna will be transferred to Bihar Government by Airports Authority of India.[15] The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has proposed to extend the terminal for sustaining air operations at least till 2035 and handle 6 million passengers per annum. A new terminal building would be constructed and connected to the existing building via skybridge. In addition, the AAI has planned to develop a civil enclave at Bihta Air Force Station, 20 kilometres away from Patna, to cater to larger aircraft.[9] In October 2016, Bihar cabinet approved the Patna master plan which envisages development of a new airport at Bihta.[16] Bihar government is acquiring 126 acres of land for construction of Bihta Airport.[17] In September 2018, Government of India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved 12.17 billion (US$171 million) for a new terminal building that will be designed by Singapore firm Meinhardt and will be able to handle 4.5 million passengers a year, compared to present 0.7 million in transit. The new terminal will have an area of 65,155 square metres, including a basement area of 18,650 square metres. Hyderabad-based Nagarjuna Construction Company Limited has been selected to execute the design.[18] The new terminal building of Patna airport will be complete by October 2022, construction already started in October-November 2018.

As of February 2020, two floors of the multi-level parking garage were complete. 45% of work on the cargo complex, technical block, fire block and air traffic control tower have been completed.[19]

Structure[edit]

It has one runway designated 07/25 with an asphalt surface measuring 1,954 by 45 metres (6,411 ft × 148 ft).[20][21]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Air India Amritsar, Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai
GoAir Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Ranchi
IndiGo Ahmedabad, Bagdogra, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar,[22] Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi,[23] Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi
SpiceJet Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Surat, Varanasi
Vistara Delhi, Bangalore

Statistics[edit]

As from 2019-2020 data, Patna Airport handled more than 4 million passengers, which was a 12.9% increase from 2018-2019.[24] Aircraft movements were at 30,959 which also increased by 10.2%.[25] Between 2019-2020 the Patna Airport also handled 12,249 metric tonnes of cargo which also increased by 7.1% from the previous years.[26] Patna airport is currently the 14th busiest airport in India in terms of passengers catered by the airport.


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Passenger, Aircraft Movement, and Cargo at Patna Airport (2011-2020)

Year Passengers Change Aircraft Movement Change Cargo (MT) Change Ref
2019–20 4,525,765 Increase 11.4% 30,959 Increase 10.2% 12,249 Increase 7.1% [27]
2018–19 4,061,900 Increase 30.6% 28,087 Increase 28.2% 11,435 Increase 66.2% [28]
2017–18 3,111,273 Increase 47.3% 21,916 Increase 41.3% 6,879 Increase 4.4% [29]
2016–17 2,112,150 Increase 33.3% 15,508 Increase 11.2% 6,591 Increase 49.3% [30]
2015–16 1,584,013 Increase 32.4% 13,947 Increase 26.1% 4,414 Decrease 15.1% [31]
2014–15 1,196,540 Increase 14.5% 11,060 Increase 11.5% 5,198 Increase 7.2% [32]
2013–14 1,044,127 Increase 4.1% 9,902 Decrease 0.7% 4,849 Increase 115.4% [33]
2012–13 1,003,169 Decrease 1.8% 9,972 Decrease 3.8% 2,251 Decrease 34.3% [34]
2011–12 1,021,544 Increase 21.8% 10,369 Increase 8.6% 3,425 Increase 4.5% [35]

Incidents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  36. ^ Accident history for {{{1}}} at Aviation Safety Network

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