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Delhi flight on airline radar

Patna, Sept. 23: Fliers to Delhi from the city might soon have an additional option available to them, as Kingfisher Airlines would start a morning flight to the national capital.

According to sources, a proposal in this regard has already been sent to the directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) for seeking its approval. Sources added that depending on the time taken by the DGCA for consent, the proposed flight is likely to start by the first week of November.

At present, Kingfisher Airlines operates two flights via Patna airport — IT 3571 (Mumbai-Patna-Ranchi-Mumbai) and IT 3347 (Delhi-Patna-Ranchi-Delhi). IT 3347 touches down at Patna airport at 8pm and takes off at 8.30pm.

Travel agencies in the capital are upbeat about the new flight. “There is a never-ending rush on the Patna-Delhi route. Nine flights operate on this route and most flights show good occupancy. I believe there is still a substantial gap between demand and supply on this route, which Kingfisher can tap into,” said Jogendra Singh Arora, Patna-based proprietor of Sewak Tours and Travels.

Haj flights

Preparations are on in full swing at Bihar Flying Club, which is being developed into a special terminal to help pilgrims avail of special Haj flights from Jaiprakash Narayan International Airport. Sources said the Haj flights would start operating from September 29.

Saudi Arabia-based National Air Services would operate two daily flights (departing 9.30am and 2.30pm) from Patna to Jeddah via Delhi between September 29 and October 16.

The special terminal would accommodate around 150 passengers at the time of departure. Sources said the same airlines would fly the pilgrims back from mid-November.

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