Sunday, August 5, 2012

Prune trees or cut flights

Neelam Mathews
Aug 5, 2012

Starting August 16, narrowbody aircraft such as A-320 and Boeing 737 will no longer operate from Patna airport following re-notification/ reduction of the runway length by AAI on the recommendation of DGCA that called it “unsafe.” Now only turboprops that need short landings will be permitted to fly into Patna.

This order follows the Bihar government’s refusal to cut or prune trees near the runway following warnings given in May. According to the forest department, some 3,700 trees may have to be cut including semal, bamboo, amaltas, banyan, kusum and arjun trees, says a news wire report. 

Patna Airport, known as the Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Airport is approximately five km from Patna city. The airport has been categorized as a restricted international airport by the Airport Authority of India. Its longest runway has a length of 6,545 ft  at an elevation of 171 ft. Indian Airlines is the major airline  operating from this airport. IndiGo, JetAirways, JetLite are other carriers that operate to Patna.

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