The upcoming Assembly Elections in Bihar have given a much needed push to the commencement of new flights connecting northern parts of the state. Much awaited flights from Darbhanga to the mega-cities of Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru will take off from November 8.
SpiceJet, on Monday announced the launch of daily flight services connecting Darbhanga with the metros. Darbhanga, which was bagged by SpiceJet under UDAN II, will be the airline’s 13th destination under the Government of India’s Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) and 55th destination on the airline’s domestic network.
SpiceJet announced that it will operate daily direct flights on the Delhi-Darbhanga, Bengaluru-Darbhanga and Mumbai-Darbhanga sectors starting November 8, 2020. SpiceJet will be the first and only airline to operate flight services on these sectors and the airline will deploy its Boeing 737-800 on all these routes. The airline is offering all-inclusive introductory one-way promotional fare starting at Rs. 3,799 on all the routes.
Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet, said, “I am delighted to announce the launch of our much awaited flight services to and from Darbhanga putting this key city on the country’s aviation map and making the upcoming festival season all the more special. Our new daily flights from Darbhanga from November 8 will connect the city with key metros of Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru and further provide easy connections throughout our domestic and international network.”
Singh added that as the country’s largest regional operator, providing air connectivity to the smaller towns of India has always been a top priority for SpiceJet and our latest addition couldn’t have come at a more opportune time for Bihar when thousands travel back home for Diwali and Chhath Puja.
|SG 705||Mumbai||Darbhanga||09:40 am||12:10 pm||1,2,3,4,5,6,7|
|SG 706||Darbhanga||Mumbai||12:40 pm||3:10 pm||1,2,3,4,5,6,7|
|SG 493||Bengaluru||Darbhanga||08:45 am||11:15 am||1,2,3,4,5,6,7|
|SG 496||Darbhanga||Delhi||11:45 am||1:30 pm||1,2,3,4,5,6,7|
|SG 495||Delhi||Darbhanga||2:10 pm||3:55 pm||1,2,3,4,5,6,7|
|SG 494||Darbhanga||Bengaluru||4:25 pm||6:55 pm||1,2,3,4,5,6,7|
(1-Monday, 2-Tuesday, 3-Wednesday, 4-Thursday, 5-Friday, 6- Saturday, 7-Sunday)
The Darbhanga airport originally belonging to the Indian Air Force (IAF) and land was handed over to Airports Authority of India (AAI) for development of the interim civil enclave which includes construction of pre-fabricated terminal building along with associated facilities car park, connecting road network, strengthening of runway and dispersal area to cater to the intended aircraft and construction of a link taxi track at the cost of Rs. 92 crore.
Construction of the Interim Terminal Building of the airport with an area of 1,400 sq m was recently completed. The foundation for this interim terminal had been laid on December 24, 2018
The terminal building with six check–in counters will be able to handle 100 passengers in peak hours with all required passenger amenities.
Work for strengthening of runway for accommodating Boeing 737-800 type of aircraft, construction of new apron with connecting taxiway and connecting road is on in full swing and soon airport will be ready for civil operations by November 8.
Darbhanga, in north Bihar is the fifth largest city in Bihar and is considered as the cultural capital. It is a critical junction for the State which connects a large part of North Bihar with the rest of India and we are thrilled to be the first Indian airline to land at this key airport.
“Our Government has been making all possible efforts to connect the unconnected parts of India through UDAN and the development of Darbhanga airport is another major step towards this direction,” Singh said.
The launch of these new flights will add more flexibility and convenience to both tourists and business travelers from Darbhanga and nearby areas who at present have to travel for hours all the way to Patna to avail flights to key metros. The new flights will connect these passengers easily to a host of other cities both on SpiceJet’s domestic as well as international network.
Darbhanga is the fifth largest city of Bihar and is also known as Heart of the Mithilanchal. The airport serves various districts of Mithila Region including Muzaffarpur, Madhubani, Samastipur, Sitamarhi, Champaran, Saharsa, Purnea and Mithila region of Nepal including Janakpur, Biratnagar, Saptari, Mahottari etc.