Air Force gets 2.4 acres of land to build separate departure and arrival terminal at Darbhanga airport


PATNA: The Ministry of Defense (MoD) has allowed the use of Indian Air Force airspace and transfer of land to operate civilian flights at eight locations, including Darbhanga. The airports that have been given permission for development include Bagdogra in West Bengal, Darbhanga in Bihar, Adampur in Punjab, Uttarlai in Rajasthan, Sarsawa, Kanpur and Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh.
With a phenomenal growth since the launch of the civil aviation facility on November 8, 2020, with the Darbhanga airport currently having a seating capacity of 150 passengers, the civil enclave requires 2.43 acres of space for infrastructure expansion.

Darbhanga Airport.

The district administration has started the process of acquisition of 24 acres of private land in the first phase required to set up the shipping facility. An AAI official said that SpiceJet currently operates RCS flights from Darbhanga to Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai. Similarly non-RCS flights of Indigo Airlines provide connectivity to Kolkata and Hyderabad.
In addition, Air Force airspace (runways, etc.) at all of these bases will be used for civilian aircraft. The civil terminal and airfield infrastructure will be built on the protected land handed over by the Air Force to the Airport Authority. According to the Air Force, having air connectivity at all the seven airports will improve the economy and development of the region.
In addition, the Indian Air Force is in the process of allotting land for expansion of civilian airports at six locations under RCS. There is a need to expand the airport in view of the increasing number of passengers at these six airports. There are six airports at Srinagar, Leh, Chandigarh, Pune, Agra and Thanjavur. This will help expand the existing terminals and accommodate the growing passenger and freight infrastructure, the statement said.

These steps are being taken to facilitate the vision of “Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik” (UDAN) and Regional Connectivity Scheme. In addition to all of the above, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is practicing using civilian airport runways and services to certify operational landings and flights for emergencies in the event of active combat.


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