Ministry of Civil Aviation19-August, 2010 17:50 IST
Evaluation Of Patna And Jammu Airport
The Minister for Civil Aviation, Shri Praful Patel informed the Lok Sabha today that an evaluation of the critical airports in Patna and Jammu has been done.

Jammu - The airport belongs to Air Force. Runway dimension is 2042m x 45m suitable for AB-320 aircraft with load penalty. Airports Authority of India (AAI) maintains the civil enclave. Jammu is a defence aerodrome and strategically located near Pakistan border. There are Land and instrument Approach procedure constraints at the aerodrome.

Patna - Runway 07/25 usable dimension for take-off is 1954m x 45m and for landing is 1820m x 45m suitable for operation AB-320 type of aircraft in all weather conditions with load penalty. The Patna airport was found critical due to presence of trees in the approach path. The matter was taken up with the State Government for necessary corrective action.

However, aircraft operation at all these airports are as per safety norm laid down by ICAO/DGCA.

At Jammu airport, runway extension upto 2450m (408m extension) has been planned, subject to land transfer from Army/ Government of J&K. In respect of Patna airport, Government of Bihar has proposed alternate site for Patna airport at Bihta Airport (IAF). AAI had conducted preliminary feasibility study and the report has been submitted to Government of Bihar in October, 2009.

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(Release ID :65078)