The aircraft movement at Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport, Patna, increased by more than 9 times and the number of passengers by about 26 times in 2019-20 when compared to the period of 2004-05.
The growing air transport activities in the state have translated into the higher contribution of the civil aviation sector to the overall economy of the state.
As per the Economic Survey Report of 2021-22 presented in the state legislative assembly on Friday, February 25 the contribution of the civil aviation sector to gross state domestic product (GSDP) of Bihar has increased by 10 times in a decade, from INR 30 crore in 2011-12 to INR 300 crore in fiscal 2020-21.
The state has, however, faced a decline in different indicators in the civil aviation sector during 2020-21 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Nevertheless, despite the Covid-induced lockdown and other travel restrictions, the Patna airport recorded a footfall of 27.09 lakh passengers, 23,579 aircraft movements and 11.74 freights (in tonnes) in 2020-21, as per the data of the Airports Authority of India (AAI)-Patna.
Besides, the Patna airport ranking in Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Index has improved from 107 in the first quarter (April to June 2021) to 87 in the second quarter (July-September 2021) with a 4.54 ASQ rating.
In the first quarter, the overall rating was 4.48. The ASQ Index is prepared by the Airports Council International (ACT) for around 400 airports across the world. According to this survey, Patna airport has improved its ranking from 333 in 2020-21 to 86 in July-September 2021, report says.
The state has been benefited immensely through the regular commercial operation of air services from Darbhanga airport since November 8, 2020.
Darbhanga airport has direct flight connectivity with Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Bangalore while Patna is now connected to Amritsar, Varanasi and Prayagraj under the UDAN-2.0 scheme.
Jayaprakash Narayan International (JPNI) airport here has been selected as one among the total of seven airports of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) in the country chosen for ‘Voice of the Customer” recognition under Airports Council International (ACI) – Airport Service Quality (ASQ) survey 2021.
ACI has initiated the ‘Voice of the Customer’ initiative to acknowledge and recognize airports that continued to prioritize their customers and are committed to ensuring their voice was heard, even during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
This year, over 200 airports have been recognised around the world. Six other airports of AAI, which have been chosen for ‘Voice of the Customer” recognition, include Chennai, Kolkata, Goa, Pune, Bhubaneswar and Chandigarh airports.