Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, November 8
The Indian Air Force, along with the Airport Authority of India (AAI), has now connected Air Force Station Darbhanga in Bihar with other major cities of the country through civilian flights.
The first passenger fight of Spicejet landed at Darbhanga today from Bangaluru at 11:10 am. The Boeing 737-800 aircraft of the airliner later left for Delhi at 12:30 pm, according to an official statement.
To make Air Force Station Darbhanga ready for Civil Air Operation, the AAI undertook the works necessary for commencement of civil air operations, such as resurfacing of the runway, construction of civil terminus and enclave, construction of taxi-links and other passenger amenities.
The foundation stone for the civil works was laid on December 24, 2018. The Air Force would be providing Air Traffic Control (ATC), Meteorological and Communication Services for civilian flights.
The IAF’s Central Air Command was entrusted the task of providing runway and other support services for commencing passenger flights from Dharbhanga as part of the government initiative of Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) named UDAN or Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik, which is aimed at making flying affordable and accessible for masses in tier 2 and tier 3 cities.