Patna: Budget carrier SpiceJet is scheduled to begin its flight operations at Darbhanga airbase from August 1 onwards. The flight operation is part of the Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik (UDAN) scheme of the Union ministry of civil aviation.

On Wednesday, during a press conference in Darbhanga, Spice Jet officials Syed Hasan and Navneet Kumar reportedly said that the booking for three flights connecting Darbhanga with Bengaluru, New Delhi and Mumbai will commence operations from May 1.

“Flyers will be able to book tickets for Bengaluru, New Delhi and Mumbai from Darbhanga at affordable rates. The flights will operate during day hours,” said Syed Hasan.

Meanwhile, the Darbhanga airbase has re-carpeting work underway at the runway and a temporary pre-fabricated terminal building is being constructed, stated a report. After the airbase becomes fully functional, it will be the third commercial flights’ airport in the state.

Patna airport director Rajender Singh Lahauria was quoted by Times of India as saying, “With a 9,000 feet long runway, the airport will have a capacity to handle 150 departing and 150 arriving passengers at a time. Work on re-carpeting of the runway and construction of a civil enclave will be completed by May or June.”

When the runway becomes fully operational, smaller commercial aircraft can operate in the space very easily. However, bigger aircraft such as Airbus and Boeing requires a runway measuring at least 9,500 feet. This will ensure that the flight lands and takes-off safely.

Last year, on December 24, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar along with Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu inaugurated the new terminal building at Darbhanga airport in the presence of state Civil Aviation Minister Jayant Sinha.

Recently, the state government has allotted 55 acres of land for construction purpose which will include space for the setting up of a terminal building, cargo, parking and other auxiliary facilities.