The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has given a deadline of June 15 to the Bihar government to decide on the removal of about 2,000 trees around the Jai Prakash Narayan International Airport in Patna. The trees are proving to be a major obstacle in aircraft operations.
The Airports Authority of India has asked for an alternate site so that they do not incur losses as bigger aircraft cannot operate from there. Several pilots have complained about the short runway and operational problems they face while landing and take off.
The issue has been raised with the Bihar government and we asked them to decide on the issue by June 15. We have been highlighting the problem since January. There are certain operational adjustments that need to be made, said DGCA chief Bharat Bhushan.
We are incurring losses as several airlines are cutting down frequency to and from Patna. Bigger aircraft cannot land there and smaller ones face obstacles because of the trees. If they cannot cut down the vegetation,they should give us another site where a new airport can be built, said a senior AAI official.
The length of the runway is around 2,000 m,making it impossible for Airbus and Boeing to operate there. The length of the runway at IGI Airport in Delhi is 4,430 m. Pilots have complained that they face problems during landing, said an airline official.